The Smoothest Ride: Vi Hart Breaks Down The Calculus Of Driving A Car

Submitted by: 5cats 2 weeks ago in Science


The Smoothest Ride: The Calculus Of Driving. We all know what acceleration and deceleration are, but what is a change in those things called?  Its name might surprise you.

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There are 7 comments:
Male 1,553
Good post.  Vi Hart rocks!
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Male 13
Does anyone else see the irony in 5cats submitting a video about getting jerked around?
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Male 41,539
ballsrawls Nope, care to explain it?

I submit all sorts of posts, Fancy picks what goes up not me.
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Male 718
If you know how to handle your clutch the only jerking you'll experience is at home by yourself. Also calculus is not just looking at slopes.
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540
fuad119 That's right - calculus is also that crud build-up that the dentist scrapes off your teeth.
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Male 41,539
fuad119 Mostly true, but there's still a moment when the car's negative acceleration hits 0, and you are still moving forwards... a brief and tiny moment, but still there :-) 
It's that 'rock back' feeling as you stop, most noticeable when it's sudden eh? But can be unnoticeable I suppose if you're smooth enough.
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Male 718
5cats Indeed but you can feel some jerk in automatic transmission.
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