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Math at Top Speeds: Establishing and Breaking Myths in the Drag Racing Folklore

4:00 pm Thursday, February 2nd, 2012
Richard Tapia (Rice University)

In this talk the speaker will identify elementary mathematical frameworks for the study of popular drag racing beliefs. In this manner some myths are validated, while others are destroyed. The speaker will explain why dragster acceleration is greater than the acceleration due to gravity, an age old inconsistency. His "Fundamental Theorem of Drag Racing" will be presented. The first part of the talk will be a historical account of the development of drag racing and will include several lively videos.

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