How to Cushion an Egg From a Fall

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How to Cushion an Egg From a Fall
The egg drop experiment focuses on gravity and shock absorbency. (Jupiterimages/Goodshoot/Getty Images)

A number of materials can help cushion the fall of an egg so that the egg does not crack or break. Experiment to compare the results of dropping an egg onto materials such as styrofoam, cotton and feather pillows. Conduct multiple trials by dropping the egg from different heights to make more accurate conclusions regarding the force of gravity. Record your experiment results to create a hypothesis and theory on gravity and shock absorbency.

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Things you need

  • Eggs
  • Test materials

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  1. 1

    Create a table by labelling columns with the materials you are using as experimental egg cushions for your trials. Materials options include cotton balls, plastic bubble wrap, styrofoam, pillows, water, rubber and paper towels.

  2. 2

    Label the rows of your chart with the different heights from which you intend to drop the eggs, such as one foot, five feet, and 10 feet.

  3. 3

    Place each trial material on the ground in different spots. Ask your experiment partner to measure one foot high from the ground. Drop an egg onto each material from this distance. Repeat the egg drop at five and 10-foot distances.

  4. 4

    Mark your table after each trial by writing "broken," "cracked," or "unbroken" to define what happened after each trial on each material. Define which materials offered the most shock absorbency for your egg.

  5. 5

    Use the material with the greatest shock absorbency, per your experiment, to cushion the fall of eggs in a kitchen or classroom experiment environment. Discuss related concepts of gravity and shock absorbency.

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