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Spin a raw egg on the counter and make some observations about the motion; then spin a hard-boiled egg on the counter and make some observations about the motion. They behave differently, huh? Why do you think that is? Leave your hypothesis in the comments section, then watch our virtual field trip to find out a whole lot more about eggs.

 

 

We are just one week away from our visit to Pearl Valley Farms to learn all about eggs and how they get from the farm to your table. It is an amazing process and the farmers at Pearl Valley will give you a behind-the-scenes look at the whole thing. This virtual field trip will be emceed by our own Lance Rougeux, who you might remember from the post from England on Pi Day!

Tell your teacher about this virtual field trip and see if your class can connect to it live on Thursday, April 10th, at 1:00pm ET. Your teacher can register here.

If you can’t work it into your school day, you can watch the archive at http://www.discoveryeducation.com/events. (Archives are usually up a few days after the event airs.)



  1. Will (Reply) on Thursday 3, 2014

    The raw egg will spin differently because it has the yoke and the yoke puts force on the shell and it slows it down while the hard boiled egg is solid and it will keep spinning

    • Tashonea (Reply) on Thursday 3, 2014

      how u know?

      • Larissa (Reply) on Thursday 3, 2014

        Logic

    • Shane (Reply) on Thursday 3, 2014

      It is because of the liquid in the raw egg, and the hardboiled egg is solid inside. The liquid, and solidness in the eggs, change the course of gravity, causing the eggs to spin differently.

    • Dedric (Reply) on Thursday 3, 2014

      I wish I can do this.

  2. Brian (Reply) on Thursday 3, 2014

    the white is liquid in the raw egg and because of that it will not spin as long, but in the hard boiled egg the white is solid, thus eliminating that problem.

    • Shadow (Reply) on Thursday 3, 2014

      The raw egg won’t spin at all, the boiled egg will spin.

    • Austin (Reply) on Thursday 3, 2014

      why does the liquid in the raw egg make it so it does not spin as long? more explanation but nice job bro:)

      • A (Reply) on Thursday 3, 2014

        The liquid in the raw egg sloshes around inside of the eggshell, so it unbalances the egg’s spin and center of gravity, confusing the spin and making it topple over. The hard-boiled egg doesn’t have that problem, so it spins longer.

        • A (Reply) on Thursday 3, 2014

          I meant to put “Anonymous” instead of “A”
          I wonder why it did that…

  3. AshLynne (Reply) on Thursday 3, 2014

    I would say the raw would be heavier than the cooked one cause of the yolk and white in it so the cooked one would spin longer but slower. The reason it will be slower is it is lighter than the raw one.

  4. Natalie (Reply) on Thursday 3, 2014

    This is so cool!

  5. Austin (Reply) on Thursday 3, 2014

    the liquid in the raw egg is sliding around in the shell which changes the center of gravity which makes the egg fall over the hard boiled egg is solid so it will stay upright.

  6. Espree (Reply) on Thursday 3, 2014

    this was a very interesting espirement

  7. cook (Reply) on Thursday 3, 2014

    LOL

  8. Sophina (Reply) on Thursday 3, 2014

    huh?

  9. George (Reply) on Thursday 3, 2014

    Tried this but the uncooked egg broke!

  10. Sarah (Reply) on Thursday 3, 2014

    The liquid in the raw egg is moving so it changes its center of gravity and fall. The hard boiled egg is solid and stands up straight.

  11. jacob (Reply) on Thursday 3, 2014

    cool

  12. Dachelle (Reply) on Thursday 3, 2014

    I think when the egg is cooked it thickens putting more weight on the egg.

  13. Alyssa (Reply) on Thursday 3, 2014

    there is liquid in the raw so its gonna going to faster ,but the hard boiled egg is a solid so its gonna be slower because of gravity. XD Thx for Reading

  14. crystal (Reply) on Thursday 3, 2014

    awesome lv experiments tryin it now

  15. summer (Reply) on Thursday 3, 2014

    Well actually my ray egg fell off the counter and had yolk everywhere!! what a big mess but I wont try again because the same thing might happen again and I don’t want to waste eggs sorry

    • A (Reply) on Thursday 3, 2014

      I’m so sorry this made me laugh so hard.

    • Larissa (Reply) on Thursday 3, 2014

      Summer is one of my favorite names I have ever heard.

  16. Asia (Reply) on Thursday 3, 2014

    LOL haHAHA

  17. Brian (Reply) on Thursday 3, 2014

    whether the white is solid or not makes no difference in the weight. it is the center of gravity shifting as the yolk moves around in the raw egg that makes a difference in the duration of the spin.

  18. Hayley (Reply) on Thursday 3, 2014

    We are actually learning about motion in class, so here I go. The raw egg spins and moves uncontrollably because a positive g-force is acting upon the liquid inside of the egg which pushes against the shell in whichever direction, which then pushes the egg in a different direction. Then the boiled egg spins in one area because there is an equal amount of weight spread among it, so it has no unbalanced g-forces acting upon it, meaning it will continue to spin in that one area. Eventually, Friction and air resistance will slow down both eggs to a stop.

    • A (Reply) on Thursday 3, 2014

      Exactly, thank you.

  19. Serge (Reply) on Thursday 3, 2014

    The raw egg spins slow and the hard boiled egg spins fast because the liquid in the raw egg is moving around while the egg wants to spin and then the hard boiled egg is technically a solid and moves with the egg as one

  20. Ali (Reply) on Thursday 3, 2014

    because the liquid egg has not enough mass than the hard boiled egg. take a golf ball and a ping pong ball the golf ball spins longer because of the mass.

  21. alanda (Reply) on Thursday 3, 2014

    YEA

  22. Austin (Reply) on Thursday 3, 2014

    Alyssa the 2 eggs have the same mass the only diff is the hard boiled egg is solid. and what the heck does XD mean?

    • A (Reply) on Thursday 3, 2014

      XD is a face, like an emoticon, but not. Look at it sideways, it’s supposed to look like an exited happy face. With closed eyes.

  23. Larissa (Reply) on Thursday 3, 2014

    I’ve done this before, it’s pretty obvious really. The liquid inside the raw egg sloshes around and unbalances it. The hard-boiled egg is solid all the way through so it spins like a top.

  24. Evan (Reply) on Thursday 3, 2014

    I did this in 2nd grade but now i’m in 3rd

  25. skylar (Reply) on Thursday 3, 2014

    hi

  26. Natalie (Reply) on Thursday 3, 2014

    The raw egg spin different because it has not been cooked so the yoke moves around more.

  27. MC (Reply) on Thursday 3, 2014

    I will try it at home but at my aunt Sandy and her farm with her baby chicks but I will tolally do it at home. LOL

  28. C (Reply) on Thursday 3, 2014

    hi nice idea