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what kind of physics is it when you jump a car on a ramp for distance with three diferent size ramps
- casey (age 12)
good sheperd school, barrington nh
When things move in simple motion (like jumping ramps), we call it
kinematics. That's basically a fancy word for the study of motion of
When the car jumps off of a ramp, it has motion forward and up. But
gravity starts to pull the car down. Using physics, we can figure out
how far the car is going to go before it lands based on how high the
ramp is, how steep the ramp is, and how fast the car is going.
The really interesting part is that you can look at the car like it
was moving in 2 directions. The car is moving forward and it is also
moving up & down. Gravity only affects the up & down movement
of the car. No matter how far the car goes, it will always land moving
forward at the same speed at it started with.
(republished on 07/11/06)
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