the Santa Fe Productions
the National Science Foundation
This web page consists of a series of NSF-sponsored videos on the scientific principles behind NASCAR racing. Based on the book The Physics of NASCAR by Diandra Leslie-Pelecky, the videos were designed to provide an entertaining, yet technically accurate, look at the math and science involved in motor sports. A variety of topics are explored: drag, aerodynamics, friction and heat, conservation of energy, circular motion, power, momentum, load transfer, and more. Viewers will see how NASCAR teams push science to its limits to gain the fraction of a second that separates the winner from the losers. The videos also show how these race cars are designed with "crumple zones" to transfer kinetic energy away from the driver's seat in a violent crash.
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