Bugs Hitting Windshield
Name: Cheryl J.
When bugs hit the windshield of a car they rupture first
and then splatter. what causes them to rupture?
The forces involved in the impact exceed the tensile strength of the bugs'
Drop an egg from a height of only a sixteenth of an inch onto the hard surface
of a frying pan. Very likely, the egg will withstand the impact without
breaking. Dropped from a much greater height, it is almost certain to break
because the higher the drop, the faster it is moving at impact, and the larger
the force the shell must withstand. When the force exceeds the shell's
strength, you're on your way to an omelet. Enjoy!
The insects just collide with the windshield with an impact force that
exceeds the strength of its exoskeleton. The car is just a large, fast
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