1) The bed sheet provides more support to the egg then the edge of the table does.
2) The egg does not break any time that it is thrown against the sheet but it breaks every
time it hits the table edge.
3) The sheet had a diplacement when the egg hits it but the table does not.
4) The velocity in the sheet experiment where greater then those in the table experiement.
Using the idea that the sheet provides more support becasue it has 'give' means that the sheet
acts like a spring. Using the following formula we can see why the egg does not break in this case.
In the bed sheet experiment the sheet was displaced as the egg hit it (x). Filling in the
formula we get:
1/2( 0.15kg)(1.45 m/s)*= 1/2k(0.089m)*
This means there is a spring constant which means the sheet acts like a spring providing more
'give' and allowing the egg not to break.
In the table experiment the eggs broke. We can see that because the table was not indented
meaning that there was no displacement (x value) that the table does not act like a spring. Filling in values into the equation
1/2(0.15kg )(1.16 m/s)*=1/2k(0)*
Therfore the whole answer is zero showing that the table does not act like a sping, and provides
no 'give' to the egg causing it to break.
The reason the egg does not break when it hits the sheet is because
of the material it is made of. The sheet has more 'give' then the table does. This is shown by the fact that the table does
not have a displacement when the egg hits it but the sheet does. As the egg hits the sheet the sheet dents where the egg lands
providing more support and causing less damage.
This experiment can be compared to a person in a car collision and
the effects airbags have on them. The bed sheet represents the airbag and the table edge represents the dashboard edge. The
results of this experiment clearly show that airbags help in front end collisions.
Some errors that may have occured are that the velocity in the bed
sheet experiment were higher then those in the table edge. This could be because the timer was not stopped at the exact second
that the egg hit each material. This error should not have effected the outcome of the experiment because a higher velocity
means a higher momentum causing the egg to have a greater chance to break which it did not happen as the egg hit the sheet.
CONCLUSION: From this lab we can see that airbags do help people in front end car collisions
because they provide more support then when a person is shot forward in the steering wheel or dashboard.