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Driving the Roads

1386347612image.jpgChapter Challenge: Students demonstrate their knowledge of the physics of driving by making a presentation to a board of driving instructors.

Through a series of activities, students learn about average and instantaneous speed and then connect information about reaction time, speed, and velocity to tailgating. They explore acceleration, positive and negative, in the context of the time required to bring a vehicle to a stop and decision-making at a yellow light. They also learn about centripetal force and acceleration and relate it to driving on curves.