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  • In this activity, students measure speed and drag for a person on a bike to determine the effects of aerodynamic drag and rolling resistance on a cyclist’s maximum speed.

    By the end of this activity, students should be able to:

    • measure distance and time to calculate a cyclist’s maximum speed
    • describe what might affect aerodynamic drag and rolling resistance
    • experiment to find out how the maximum speed that a cyclist can reach is affected by different drag and rolling resistances
    • measure the forces of drag and rolling resistance for a cyclist on a bike being pulled at a constant speed
    • explain how forces need to be balanced for a cyclist to travel at a constant speed.

    Download the Word file (see link below) for:

    • introduction/background notes
    • what you need
    • what to do
    • extension ideas
    • student worksheet.

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    An activity designed to develop basic understanding of speed and acceleration.

      Published 22 February 2011 Referencing Hub articles
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