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Forces and Motion: Investigating a Car Crash

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An unfamiliar noise stops shoppers in their tracks: cars and a truck are crashing into each other. Fortunately no-one is hurt seriously, but what has caused the accident? This book looks at the topics of forces and motion to explain about speed, acceleration, friction, and momentum. It shows how investigators can use their knowledge of science and technology to sift through the evidence to determine the cause of the crash.

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Overview

An unfamiliar noise stops shoppers in their tracks: cars and a truck are crashing into each other. Fortunately no-one is hurt seriously, but what has caused the accident? This book looks at the topics of forces and motion to explain about speed, acceleration, friction, and momentum. It shows how investigators can use their knowledge of science and technology to sift through the evidence to determine the cause of the crash.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
11/01/2013
Gr 5–7—Each of these multipurpose volumes opens with an example of a generic accident or incident, then goes on to present evidence gathered by investigators-with explanations of the scientific principles and procedures employed to understand it-and invitations to readers to sift the clues, make the calculations, and draw conclusions for themselves. Car Crash, for example, outlines how discovering the causes of an accident involves not only observing tire marks, vehicle positions, weather factors, and the like, but also knowing Newton's laws of motion, studying the effects of pressure on metals, and calculating velocities and directions. "You're the Investigator!" text boxes encourage critical-thinking skills, while others supply additional facts. Every volume includes photos, charts, and a low-tech project.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781432976088
  • Publisher: Heinemann-Raintree
  • Publication date: 7/1/2013
  • Series: Anatomy of an Investigation Series
  • Pages: 56
  • Sales rank: 1,396,411
  • Lexile: 1110L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Ian Graham
Ian Graham is an experienced author of illustrated nonfiction books on a wide range of topics, including aviation and spaceflight. In 25 years, he has written more than 200 books and numerous magazine articles.
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