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Auto Racing. Math at the Racetrack by Tom Robinson

By Tom Robinson

Realize how math applies to the car racing international, from the gap round the tune to the calculation of drivers' stats.

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Drag racing is one quick burst down a straightaway. 30 learn more Books Arroyo, Sheri L. How Race Car Drivers Use Math. New York: Chelsea Clubhouse, 2010. Gregorich, Barbara, and Christopher Jennison. Racing Math: Checkered Flag Activities and Projects for Grades 4–8. Tucson, AZ: Good Year Books, 2006. Mahaney, Ian F. The Math of NASCAR. New York: PowerKids Press, 2012. com/links Note to Parents, Teachers, and Librarians: We routinely verify our Web links to make sure they are safe and active sites.

The backstretch at Daytona International Speedway is 3,000 feet. denominator (di-NOM-uh-nay-tur): In fractions, the denominator is the number under the line that shows how many equal parts the whole number can be divided into. The denominator is the number at the bottom of a fraction. frontstretch (FRUNT-strech): The frontstretch is the part of a racetrack where the start/finish line is located. The frontstretch of Daytona International Speedway is 3,800 feet. intermediate (in-tur-MEE-dee-it): An intermediate racetrack is longer than 1 mile and up to 2 miles long.

Organization (or-guh-nuh-ZAY-shun): An organization is a number of people joined together for a certain purpose. NASCAR is by far the largest stock car racing organization in the world. pole position (POHL puh-ZISH-uhn): Pole position is the first car at the start of a race. A car wins pole position by having the fastest qualifying lap. qualifying (KWAHL-uh-fye-ing): A qualifying level is process in which drivers make a lap around the track to determine their starting position in a race. 2 miles per hour for a qualifying lap.

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