Energy Use in Cars Take-Home Experiment

Printer-friendly versionPrinter-friendly version

This experiment is aimed at measuring the mechanical power required to maintain a vehicle (bicycle or car) at constant speed, on a flat road, on a windless day. Students design a procedure to measure speed of the vehicle as a function of time. Using a spread sheet and graph fitting functions, they analyze the data to extract the coefficient of rolling friction and drag for the vehicle.


Post new comment

Please note that these comments are moderated and reviewed before publishing.

The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly.
By submitting this form, you accept the Mollom privacy policy.

a place of mind, The University of British Columbia

C21: Physics Teaching for the 21st Century
UBC Department of Physics & Astronomy
6224 Agricultural Road
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1
Tel 604.822.3675
Fax 604.822.5324

Emergency Procedures | Accessibility | Contact UBC | © Copyright The University of British Columbia