The Physics of Automobile Crashes
This book is intended for use in a non-calculus course taken by students who have not had any previous physics background. The text was developed for an undergraduate Law Enforcement audience and includes laboratory exercises suitable for a one-semester course with two hours of lecture and one laboratory session per week. The use of British Engineering Units is compatable with the application of this information in the field of law enforcement and traffic accident investigation. In addition to the actual physics content, the book emphasizes various graphing and problem-solving techniques which help students develop skills that carry over to other areas of study.
The topic of accident reconstruction provides "real world" application of the principles of mechanics and students are highly motivated by being challenged to solve problems relating to actual vehicle crashes. Woven through the text are comments on automobile safety, effectiveness of seat belts, operation of a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Feedback from students indicates that they are more aware of the dangers of operating a motor vehicle after studying the physics of crashes and their causes.
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