Stopping Distances

This Stopping Distances activity & project also includes:

In 2016, one in every four fatal car crashes listed speeding as a contributing factor. Pupils view videos of a car trying to come to a quick stop from four different rates of speed. They use context clues to measure and determine the distance each trial takes to completely stop. 

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Discuss how people set school zone speed limits and why they vary by state
  • Extend the concept by considering the mass of a small car versus a semi trying to stop from the same speed
Classroom Considerations

  • Relies on prior knowledge of setting up and solving equations
Pros

  • Excellent lesson for new drivers
  • Connects math and science
Cons

  • None