Types of Energy0 Elastic Potential Energy0 Kinetic Energy0 Thermal Energy
Transfers of energy0 Elastic Potential Potential turns to Kinetic as the vehicle Kinetic energy turns to Energy stored in the Thermal as the friction begins to move mousetrap of the mechanics give off heat
Mechanical Advantage0 If you think of a lever you are extending the reach of your engine in order for it to move a greater distance at a slower pace therefore decreasing the power of the mousetrap while utilizing the energy that was simply wasted before.
Power Vs. Traction0 At the start of the vehicles test run the power of the engine outmatched the traction of the wheels on the floor. Causing them to spin and releasing most of the energy in an unfocused manor. Much like a dragster race car that uses extremely wide wheels we would need to increase our traction in order to better focus our energy.
More Power0 How?.....Remove lever0 The effect?...greaterlikelihood for wheels to spin.The energy would be used toquickly to be effective in mousetrap.Instead of converting into forward kinetic energy itwould become thermal and kinetic through the act ofmaking sound.
Less Power0 How?... Longer lever. Decrease wheel spin. Increase energy converted to forward kinetic energy. Prolong the time at which the vehicle is receiving power.