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Pace car drivers routinely cut corners as shown in Figure 6.32. Explain how this allows the curve to be taken at the greatest speed. Figure 6.32 Two paths around a race track curve are shown. Race car drivers will take the inside path (called cutting the corner) whenever possible because it allows them to take the curve at the highest speed.

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Pace car drivers routinely cut corners as shown in Figure 6.32. Explain how this allows the curve to be taken at the greatest speed.

Chapter 6, Problem 6CQ, Pace car drivers routinely cut corners as shown in Figure 6.32. Explain how this allows the curve to

Figure 6.32 Two paths around a race track curve are shown. Race car drivers will take the inside path (called cutting the corner) whenever possible because it allows them to take the curve at the highest speed.

To determine

How the cut allows the curve to be taken at the greatest speed?

Explanation of Solution

Consider the figure of the racing car

Figure.1

The ideal speed to take the curve is given by the formula

tanθ=v2rg

Here,

θ is the angle of the road from the horizontal

v is the speed

r is the radius of curvature

The expression for the ve

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