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This 20-minute video segment highlights the forces at work on a racecar as it travels around a track. It was designed to promote understanding of velocity as a vector quantity with both magnitude and direction. It also offers an engaging view of factors to be considered in the design of a racecar: torque, drag reduction, and frictional force that is necessary to achieve fast (but safe) cornering.
Background information and discussion questions are also provided.

Teachers' Domain is an NSF-funded pathway of the National Science Digital Library (NSDL). It is a growing collection of more than 1,000 free educational resources compiled by researchers and experienced teachers to promote the use of digital resources in the classroom.

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Subjects Levels Resource Types
Classical Mechanics
- Applications of Newton's Laws
= Friction
- Motion in One Dimension
= Velocity
- Motion in Two Dimensions
= 2D Velocity
- Newton's First Law
= Inertia in Motion
- Newton's Second Law
= Interacting Objects
Education Practices
- Technology
= Multimedia
- Middle School
- High School
- Instructional Material
= Activity
- Audio/Visual
= Movie/Animation
Appropriate Courses Categories Ratings
- Physical Science
- Physics First
- Conceptual Physics
- Algebra-based Physics
- AP Physics
- Activity
- New teachers
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acceleration, centripetal force, drag, friction, motion video, racing video, velocity vector
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Metadata instance created March 14, 2011 by Caroline Hall
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AAAS Benchmark Alignments (2008 Version)

3. The Nature of Technology

3B. Design and Systems
  • 6-8: 3B/M4a. Systems fail because they have faulty or poorly matched parts, are used in ways that exceed what was intended by the design, or were poorly designed to begin with.

4. The Physical Setting

4F. Motion
  • 6-8: 4F/M3a. An unbalanced force acting on an object changes its speed or direction of motion, or both.
  • 9-12: 4F/H4. Whenever one thing exerts a force on another, an equal amount of force is exerted back on it.
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