AiS Challenge Team Abstract

Team Number: 59

School Name: Moriarty High School

Area of Science: Physics

Project Title: Race Corners



The purpose of our project is to determine the best way to go through a corner in a nascar race course. By "best" we mean in the least time and at the greatest average speed. We will do this by determining the shape of the driving line through the corner. We will determine times for multiple lines and compare the results.

This problem is importhat becuase race car driving can be aproached in two different ways. The first is by driving experience and skill and the second is by the principles of physics. The knowledge of the phuysics of race car driving could give a driver a winning edge over the competition.

Our basic method of solution will be to apply Newton's Laws of Motion using both kinematic and dynamic equations. The lines analyized will be splices of accelerating, braking, and cornering.

We expect to determine the best driving line and to also answer the question, "What shape does a corner have to be before the driving line doesn't make any time difference?"

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