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Turning Corners with Physics

When taking corners quickly, the biggest worry most drivers should have is slipping and losing control of the car. This happens when a driver takes the corner too fast. The physics of taking a flat corner depends on the equation vmax = Sqrt(mu*r*g). mu, the coefficient of static friction, is constant, as is g, the acceleration due to gravity. Therefore, a driver trying to take a corner as quickly as possible would like to make the radius of the turn as large as possible to allow for a higher vma

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The Benefit of Anti-lock Brakes

Bob is barreling down the thruway in his truck at 40 m/s when a crash occurs in front of it. The driver wants to stop in the shortest distance possible. He slams on the brakes. Before the invention and implementation of the Anti-lock brake system, or ABS, the truck's tires would have locked up and the truck would have slid into the crash. Why? When brakes cause tires to lock up, the type of friction between the tires and road changes from static friction to kinetic friction. This decreases

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All about me

Hello, Anonymous AP Physics C student here, letting all you other anons know what i think and stuff. I was promised points for posting here, so here I am. I have always loved math and science, because applying these subjects has allowed me to better understand the world around me. I am hoping AP Physics C will help me understand the real world and the way things interact in it rather than a world that exists only in an engineer's dreams. I am taking this class because I love challenging my

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