Engineering >> Mechanical EngineeringImplementing Calculus on the Trackby Brandon Bess
Submitted : Fall 2015 The point of the project is to test the accuracy of measurements derived from realworld application of physics and calculus. The car that was analyzed was a Lamborghini Aventador Superveloce. The racetrack that is measured is the Nürburgring. A video from YouTube provided the speed of the Lamborghini as it raced around the track.
The car’s speed was recorded in intervals of five seconds. The speedometer gave the speed in km/h, which had to be converted to Si units (m/s). Acceleration between each interval was found by subtracting speed at time 1 from speed at time 2 and dividing the result by five. The integral of the velocity equation was used to calculate the distance covered in each fivesecond interval. Each individual distance was then added to get the total distance of the track. The results proved the method to be a fairly accurate way of calculating distance yielding only a 2.54% error. Related Links:
