Shop Tech: The Science of Cars

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Don't know how a car works? It's time to lift up the hood and find out. Discover how the internal combustion engine powers our cars. Learn how carmakers factor in physical forces when they design a car, and how those forces are at work when you take it for a spin. Read all about the cars of the future and how one day you may drive without lifting a finger.

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Overview

Don't know how a car works? It's time to lift up the hood and find out. Discover how the internal combustion engine powers our cars. Learn how carmakers factor in physical forces when they design a car, and how those forces are at work when you take it for a spin. Read all about the cars of the future and how one day you may drive without lifting a finger.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Heather Kinard
Have you ever wondered how a car works? What makes the engine run and how fast can it go? This book looks under the hood and beyond as it explores how science is behind every aspect of how cars work and move. Beginning with the engine, readers learn how constant mini-explosions transfer energy from one part to another causing the car to move. But the engine cannot do it alone. Gasoline, motor oil, and antifreeze are all necessary fluids that help keep a car running smoothly. Outside forces also affect the performance of a car. Scientist Sir Isaac Newton established three principles called Newton's Laws that explain how acceleration, friction, and gravity all affect a car's motion. Most people do not fully understand this science, yet if they can afford it, and want it, most people have a car of their own. Cars are used in all parts of the world and there are billions of them on the road. Unfortunately, this results in smog and pollution, which can be an environmental and health hazard. Carmakers are working hard to find cleaner and more efficient ways to power vehicles. Technology is also playing a major role in world of cars today. Complex computer systems control everything from power windows to entertainment systems and more. Some new cars even have electric motors instead of engines. With new technology, cars have become safer, faster, more fuel-efficient and even smarter than humans in some situations. What will the cars of the future be like? This book is full of colorful photographs, true tales of real life situations, and several ideas for quick and easy experiments. Also included are a glossary, index, and references for additional resources. This book is great for science lovers and car lovers alike. Reviewer: Heather Kinard
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780756545062
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/2011
  • Series: Everyday Science
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 10 - 13 Years
  • Lexile: 880L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Author and editor Karen Latchana Kenney has written many books for children and young adults. She's interested in all kinds of science subjects, from car science to the life cycle of spiders. Kenney lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with her husband and young son.
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 The Power Under the Hood 4

Chapter 2 Goopy, Sloppy, and Smelly Liquids 14

Chapter 3 Furious Forces 24

Chapter 4 Emit This-the Truth about Exhaust 38

Chapter 5 How Technology Changes Everything 48

Glossary 62

Additional Resources 63

Index 64

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