The Motor Car

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The work suggested in this Nuffield Working with Science unit was planned so that students should:
1. be aware of the advantages of a systematic approach to car selection and purchase
2. be aware of the legal and social responsibilities of car ownership
3. understand the basic scientific principles of the physical systems involved in the working of a modem car - as far as possible through their own experiments
4. have related these basic scientific principles to the working parts on an actual car
5. understand some of the considerations which should be involved in car design and to what extent these are achieved
6. have formed the concept of a car as a working entity, comprising diverse but inter-related systems

Guidance for teachers and technicians appears in Teachers’ Notes A.

The unit was revised and republished for the CPVE edition of the project in the 1980s. Guidance for this version appears in the Tutors’ Handbook.

Section 1: Selection and purchase
Section 2: Legal issues
Section 3: Petrol
Section 4: Oil and lubrication
Section 5: Corrosion
Section 6: The electrical system
Section 7: Ergonomics of the driver
Section 8: Safety
Section 9: The engine
Section 10: Hydraulics
Section 11: Cooling systems

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