Drew Rasmussen
Kristin Blalock
Carpool (takehome makeup lab)
Theory:
By using kinematic equations, acceleration can be found by manipulating the equations to
come up with a = 2x/t
2
.
This will give the acceleration in mi/s
2
which will later be converted to
mph/s with dimensional analysis.
By analyzing a chunk of the population at an intersection of
known distance, students will be able to calculate a rough estimate to display the average
commutermiles per gallon for a certain vehicle type.
This will be done based on the number of
different vehicles seen, the number of passengers per car, and an approximation of city mpg for a
certain class of vehicle.
By calculating averages and creating graphs, students will be able to
identify common trends in data and determine which Class of car provided the best commuter
miles per gallon.
Procedure:
1.
The intersection at Cloverdale and Lake Hazel (Boise, Idaho 83709) was measured going
north to south.
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 Fall '11
 AARONSUP
 Physics, Acceleration, Automobile, free fall acceleration, mph/s, approximate mpg

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