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Solar powered car

by Olivia
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Olivia
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May9-05, 06:18 PM
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I have to build a solar powered car that will either a) travel a distance of 10 meters in the least time . or b) climb a meter on the stepest ramp possible. I am not sure which one would be easier to accomplish or what materials to use. I am also wondering how exactly i am going to build this thing. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated!
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sapphic_yellow
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May10-05, 11:41 AM
P: 7
I'd go with the ten meters in fastest time bit. Have you been provided materials by your instructor, and do you have specific guidlines you have to abide by?
Olivia
#3
May10-05, 02:49 PM
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well we are provided with 8 2.5cm x 7.5cm solar cells and a motor, but we are free to use any materials we like and the car does not have any size limitations, there are so many options so i just don't quite know what would work best!

sapphic_yellow
#4
May12-05, 11:35 AM
P: 7
Solar powered car

I'll ask around about standard gear ratios, but your best option on the car would be to string the solar panels in a line taking up the least area possible on a board of the thinnest balsa wood you can find. Reducing the total mass will increase your speed.

Are you provided gears with which to operate the wheels? Do a little research on what type of gear ratio would be best (make the wheels go fastest, etc.).
Olivia
#5
May12-05, 02:31 PM
P: 3
No, we aren't provided with any gears, but i will do some reasearch to see what would work best, thankyou for your help!


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