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The Science of Racing: Traction Pull Activity

Published on 08/17/2011

Activity Overview

If wheels spin, it means cars aren’t moving forward. For race teams, that means they aren’t on their way to winning. Loss of traction can also mean a potential crash so for them, maintaining “grip” is EVERYTHING. A leading question that NASCAR engineers ask is, “How fast can I go around this curve without spinning out?”

Before the Activity

Use the assessment questions before and after the activity.

During the Activity

All instructions for the activity are included in the attached documents.

After the Activity

Use some of the pre-assessment questions as post-assessment for this activity.