2015 Physics Olympiad


Egg Catcher

The information on this event is up to date.

Preparation team: James Antonaglia, Joseph Paki, Andira Ramos

Event Description:

Before coming to the Physics Olympiad, participants build a device designed to catch an egg without breaking. The egg will be dropped from a window four floors above the sidewalk by one of the two students who comprise the egg drop team. The second student will stand on the sidewalk below the window and catch the egg.

Teams must also take a 15-minute written quiz concerning mechanics and ballistics.

Event Location and Time:

The eggs will be dropped from a narrow window on the 4th floor, located near 4251 Randall, onto the sidewalk below.
10:30AM - 11:50AM and 1:00PM - 2:50PM

Apparatus and Materials:

The teams will prepare a hand held device to catch an egg at home and bring it to the event. The device may be no larger than 12 inches on a side. Tape and scissors will be provided for last minute repairs.

Event Rules:

Judging Criteria:

Olympiad Contact Information
University of Michigan, Physics Department, Randall Laboratory
Prof. Georg Raithel, email: graithel@umich.edu

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The University of Michigan Physics Olympiad has no connection, association, or implied authorization by the USOC, the IOC, or the IPC.
Revised: April 2015.