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Speeding Lab Elena, Grace, Kalea, Jessica

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We had to find the speed of 10 cars on Cooper Rd.  The speed limit is 35 mph but a lot of cars exceed that.  We had to try and find out the speed of the cars based on the distance they traveled, and the time it took them to travel that distance. 


  1. Set up a tape measure to make sure it was 20 m in length
  2. Next, set up a timer to time each car from bumper to bumper, how long it took to travel the 20 m.
  3. Put two people at each marker and get rid of the tape measure.
  4. Record data.
  5. Repeat steps 2-3 for each car.



                Something we could have done to improve our data is having two people timing the cars instead of just one.  It would make our data more accurate.  We could re-do our experiment on a different day at a different time of day to see if people drive different speeds then. 


                No there is not a speeding problem on the section we measured on Cooper Rd.  People are more cautious directly in front of the school because it’s a school zone and the speed limit is slower.  Also there were a bunch of kids standing out by the road which might cause drivers to drive slower than usual.  In conclusion, speeding on Cooper Rd is not a problem because people are driving under the speed limit which decreases risk of accidents.   






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