Episode 215: Forces on Vehicles

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In this learning episode, from the Institute of Physics, students look at the forces involved when one vehicle impacts another object. This can be used to illustrate the forces, acceleration and deceleration involved. It considers the effect of the distance over which a force acts rather than the time of action of the force.

This learning episode requires an understanding of momentum.

The activities involve:
• discussion into the wearing of seat belts
• demonstration to show the effects of not wearing seat belts on passengers inside a vehicle during a collision
• calculations relating work done, force and distance

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