Mathalicious: Axle Roads

How do vehicles turn so smoothly?

When a car makes a U-turn, the outer wheel travels farther than does the inner wheel. So why doesn’t the car feel jerky?

In this lesson, students calculate the circumferences of circles to determine how far vehicles travel during a turn and explore the engineering that allows cars to turn so smoothly.

 

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Engineering Topics
Machines
Math Topics
Geometry
Middle School
7th Grade

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