Math at Top Speed

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Monday, September 14, 2009 - 3:00pm for 1 hour (actually 50 minutes)
Student Services Building, Auditorium 117
Richard Tapia – Rice University
Robin Thomas
In this talk Professor Tapia identifies elementary mathematical frameworks for the study of popular drag racing beliefs. In this manner some myths are validated while others are destroyed. Tapia 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.