Impulse (When Push Comes to Shove) Feature Summary

Type:
Physics in Your World
Title:
Impulse (When Push Comes to Shove)
Description:
The idea of the airbag is to increase the time of deceleration of the head and upper body and correspondingly decrease the force required. To learn more, visit Impulse (When Push Comes to Shove).
-- Notice the photo of the steering wheel, bent by the large force that it experienced; imagine the effect of the equal and opposite reaction force on the crash test dummy's head.
-- Check out these crash test videos.
Image:
image credit: Insurance Institute For Highway Safety; <a href="http://www.iihs.org/brochures/pdf/about_airbags_english.pdf" target="_blank">image source</a>; <a href="http://www.compadre.org/Informal/images/features/AIRBAG-large-090507.jpg" target="_blank">larger image</a>
image credit: Insurance Institute For Highway Safety; image source; larger image
Image URL:
http://www.compadre.org/Informal/images/features/AIRBAG-large-090507.jpg
Featured:
May 1, 2009 - May 16, 2009