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Racecar Vocabulary

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down force
is due to high pressure in curved surfaces that causes the car to be pushed down (up next, notice how the windshield takes the shape of a spoiler)
mass
the amount of matter in an object
velocity
speed in a given direction
acceleration
the rate at which velocity changes
friction
a force that opposes motion between two surfaces that are in contact
momentum
the product of an object's mass and velocity
aerodynamics
the study of forces and the resulting motion of objects through the air.
force
a push or pull exerted on an object
energy conversion
a change from one form of energy to another
gravity
a force of attraction between objects that is due to their masses.
direction
a course along which someone or something moves.
time
the indefinite continued progress of existence and events in the past, present, and future regarded as a whole
kinetic energy
the energy an object has due to its motion
weight
a measure of the force of gravity on an object
deceleration
a decrease in speed
energy
power derived from the utilization of physical or chemical resources
elevation
height above sea level
energy transfer
the transfer of energy from one object to another, such as heat energy
inertia
the tendency of an object to resist a change in motion
potential energy
stored energy
speed
the distance an object travels per unit of time
displacement
distance and direction of an object's change in position from the starting point
impact
the striking of one object against another; the shock caused by a collision
motion
an object's change in position relative to a reference point.
spin
a quantum mechanical property of electrons that may be thought of as clockwise or counterclockwise
newtons
the unit of measurement for force
distance
an amount of space between two things or people