# F=ma of a race car

explain the following in f=ma
a)a racing car has a powerful engine and is made of storng but light weight material

b)a car with a small engine can still accelerate rapidly

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Danger
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Welcome to PF, Roxas. In any vehicle, your acceleration depends upon 3 factors primarily. One is the power-to-weight ratio, the second is how effectively that power is applied to the road, and the third is aerodynamic drag on the vehicle. For engines built to the same specifications, a bigger one will always have more power than a little one. You will also have better acceleration from a rear-wheel drive or 4-wheel drive than you will from a backwards car because of weight transfer to the drive wheels.

my homework question says it has to be explained in f=ma, like how am i supposed to do that??

Danger
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Well, to start with, homework questions don't belong here. This should be posted in the homework section of the forum. Secondly, I'm a practical guy, not a mathematical one, so I can't answer you in those terms. Third, whining won't help. Good luck with it, though.

i forgot.....thats why i apologised to the mods in the second post

Danger
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No prob. I gotta get back to bed now; I was just up for a midnight snack and the wife has noticed my absence. Catch you later.

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rsk
OK, in terms of F=ma, acc depends of Force and mass

a = F/m

So a big heavy engine which can provide a large driving force, might also have a large mass, which would lmit the acceleration.

the smaller lighter engine, although it can't provide the same force, doesn't have the mass either so can still produce a reasonable acceleration. It's the ratio between the force and mass you need to think about for acceleration

edit: my sos message was posted at the same time as yours. thx soo much

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rsk