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Research and Design

Terms from the Research and Design module

aerodynamics The study of how air interacts with physical objects as they move relative to each other.
CO2 Carbon Dioxide is the pressurized gas that propels the dragster down the racetrack.
drag Friction and turbulence created by the shape of an object as air flows around it that tends to slow the object down.
limitations A specific list of design measurements and requirements that each dragster must meet in order to be a legal car.
pattern A full-size drawing on paper that is cut out and traced on your wood block.
prototype A full-sized model of your dragster.
sketch A drawing of various details of your dragster.
streamline This involves creating a dragster with a shape that allows the wind or air to flow smoothly over its surface.
thumbnail A very small and quick drawing of possible dragster designs done during the brainstorming and designing of your dragster.
tolerance A very specific measurement that applies to a part of your dragster design in order to meet limitations.
Created by: jeff eckelberry