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This 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.

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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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(WGBH Educational Foundation, Boston, 1995), WWW Document, (http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/asset/phy03_vid_velocity/).
PBS LearningMedia: To Survive at High Velocity, (WGBH Educational Foundation, Boston, 1995), <http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/asset/phy03_vid_velocity/>.
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PBS LearningMedia: To Survive at High Velocity. (2008, March 17). Retrieved October 23, 2017, from WGBH Educational Foundation: http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/asset/phy03_vid_velocity/
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WGBH Educational Foundation. PBS LearningMedia: To Survive at High Velocity. Boston: WGBH Educational Foundation, March 17, 2008. http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/asset/phy03_vid_velocity/ (accessed 23 October 2017).
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PBS LearningMedia: To Survive at High Velocity. Boston: WGBH Educational Foundation, 1995. 17 Mar. 2008. 23 Oct. 2017 <http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/asset/phy03_vid_velocity/>.
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