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I have to to write an 4000 word research paper for my IB diploma in high school. It is called the extended essay. I was thinking about writing on the physics of breaking eggs. I came up with the idea that their might be some experiments I could do and find the best way to crack an egg. I'm having trouble finding sources. I think I need help with some directions I could take this topic as I find it very interesting.

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Have you tried… ? I find that any study would be quite useless, practice is way better than anything physics can say. – jinawee Feb 16 '14 at 14:40
@jinawee Would all the references you find there be publicly accessible for high school students? – Bernhard Feb 17 '14 at 8:17
Most if them, no. You have to pay or contact some university. – jinawee Feb 17 '14 at 11:47

I think jinawee's list (among the comments) is a great starting point. There was one interesting series of experiments that I didn't find in that list (at least not in the first 5 pages of the list that I looked through), which were reported in this PRL paper. (If you don't have access to PRL, check out the arXiv version.) What might make this series of experiments especially useful for a starting point for an IB extended essay, is that the experiment was very easy with well recorded results: they drilled small holes in the top and bottom of the eggs, blew their contents out, and dried them; then placed each egg inside a large, sealed plastic bag and catapulted it against the ground and then recorded the sizes of the fragments. You might then compare your results with theirs.

There was also a great media coverage of this series of experiments: see a great description and videos among the APS focus stories (and here are shorter descriptions in Nature News and in the Guardian).

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