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David HodgePHY-102Professor Flakes09/25/16The Physics of Motor Vehicle CollisionsEach year thousands of civilians are killed in motor vehicle collisions. Much of this is due tothe laws of motion and how these laws affect the vehicles and the passengers inside of them.While the passengers of a vehicle may not feel as if they are individually moving, since they arein the vehicle that is in motion, they are also actually moving and this can cause violent traumaduring a vehicle collision. Looking at the scene of an accident, it is clear that the three laws ofmotion developed by Newton can be seen the accident; the laws of inertia, acceleration, andaction-reaction.Newton’s first law; inertia:A vehicle can sit at rest when stopped at a traffic light, stop sign, traffic jam, or othermeans of rest until acceleration begins or it is struck by another force.Once vehicle is in motion, it will continue until a force is exerted upon it to slow
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