Its a project where I have to create a scenario in which a dragster (Car A) has the highest top speed but loses the race(to Car B)
That is all that is given to me, although some random things such as Apocalypses or random explosions are obviously not permitted.
I'm pretty clueless here but I guess the equations for acceleration and distance would be useful.
Vf=Vi + AT
Df=Di + ViT + 1/2(at^2)
Vf^2=Vi^2 + 2AD
V=Velocity, D=Distance, T=Time, A=Acceleration
The Attempt at a Solution
I've been drawing graphs left and right here trying to figure out a solution, from what I'm getting it seems like that if the cars are accelerating constantly then the faster car has to win unless some thing effects it such as releasing the parachute early, etc.
One idea I have is that Car A starts off going faster and accelerating faster but releases the parachute early and Car B overtakes it while still going under Car A's fastest speed. All I really need is an idea on what could happen and help graphing it. Everything else I can take care of my self.
This is really killing me because I have to do this project for tomorrow and I have a million other things going on at once. So any help would be appreciated greatly. Sorry if it seems like I haven't tried hard enough by myself. Its just that I'm low on time and I've run out of ideas. I totally fail at Physics, dunno why since I'm pretty good at other sciences and maths. I also must compliment on the nice site, I'll be looking at it in the near future if I can get past this day ^_^