Going, Going, Faster
The Science of Speed!


BROADCAST DATE: TUESDAY, APRIL 17, 2007

The next stop on The EFT Express will be on the brickyard of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Indiana. At this stop you will explore Sir Isaac Newton’s First Law of Motion that states an object usually stays in motion with the same speed unless acted upon by an unbalanced force.

So we move from the train to racing cars. How do they go that fast? This EFT will look at the fundamentals behind making the racecar take turns at 200 miles an hour. What do “minimizing time,” “finding the line,” “cornering,” and “braking” have to do with going faster?

Students will have the opportunity to meet Indy and NASCAR drivers and follow them as they drive the race track and demonstrate Newton’s First Law. From the legendary oval track in Indianapolis, students will explore how technology is enhancing the ability to go faster and faster!

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