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#44 Mouse Trap / Pendulum Dynamics Challenge



   Mechanics Corner
    A Journal of Applied Mechanics and Mathematics by DrD, # 44
      Machinery Dynamics Research, 2017

Mouse Trap / Pendulum Dynamics Challenge - Part I


    Mice are a problem all over the world, and as a result, I'm sure that there are mouse traps of various sorts found everywhere. It would be utterly amazing if this were not true! In the USA, there is a very common type of mouse trap that I have seen used all my life, the sort of system shown below in Figure 1. I want to spend a few minutes discussing this mouse trap, to be certain that all readers understand how it works, before moving on to the main part of the post.




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Really, Henry!! Brain cells boiling ... over a simply little mouse trap? You must have a very low boiling point!

No, this is not the same mechanism as a trebuchet, although that too is an interesting problem.

Cool down a bit and give this a try. It really is not so impossible.


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