Physics notes: Reaction times, stopping distances, kinetic energy calculations

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Forces and motion 5: Reaction times and stopping distances e.g. road vehicles and problem solving using Newton's 2nd law equation and kinetic energy formula calculations

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5.1 Introduction and explaining stopping distances and the speed of road vehicles

5.2 How to calculate thinking, braking and stopping distances from velocity - time graphs

5.3 Factors affecting thinking distance (hence stopping distance too)

5.4 Factors affecting braking distance (hence stopping distance too)

5.5 Graphical analysis of stopping distances, speed and kinetic energy of a moving vehicle

5.6 More on the physics of vehicle braking and kinetic energy

5.7 Health & safety issues related to collisions involving road vehicles or cyclists

5.8 Some advanced calculations on braking force and removing vehicle kinetic energy

5.9 Human response times - simple reaction time experiments and calculations!

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