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The Science of Racing: Fuel Strategy (Exponential Decay)

Published on 08/17/2011

Activity Overview

NASCAR cars run on gas and a team’s fuel strategy on race day can be a huge factor on winning versus losing. The T80SRC car, on the other hand, is an electric car; so as the fuel drains, its performance worsens. T80SRC teams also have to devise a fuel strategy. For example, when should you do a pit stop to replace the battery or should you simply add two batteries to the car? This lesson will explore the drain on the battery of a car through various means.

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.