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The Science of Racing: Newton Knew; Use your own data to model weight,speed and acceleration.

Published on 07/13/2006

Activity Overview

For race car engineers, F = m a, is the backbone of the vast majority of calculations. The selection of gear ratios is one example. Investigate and create a mathematical model for the relationship between force, speed, mass, distance and acceleration for RC cars.

Before the Activity

Use these assessment questions before and after the activity.

During the Activity

All instructions required for the activity are included in the attached document. Though the instructions are step-by-step for the TI-73, you can adapt them to any other calculator such as the TI-84.

After the Activity

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