Find Lap Time: Is 0.8 Sec Correct?

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In summary, lap time in racing is measured using a transponder system that counts the number of times a car crosses a designated timing line. This time can vary depending on the type of race and track conditions, and can be affected by factors such as the car, weather, and driver skill. However, it can be improved through various techniques and is crucial in determining overall performance and comparing different cars and drivers in a race.
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Homework Statement



Friction=0.8
r=50 m
T=?

Homework Equations



T=distance/speed

Perimeter=2*pi*r

Fc=(mv^2)/r

Ffriction=m*g*friction

The Attempt at a Solution



Perimeter
2*3.14*50=314

Fc=Ffriction

(mv^2)/r=m*g*friction

v=r*g*friction

= 50*9.82*0.8=391.8

T=314/391.8 = 0.8 s

Is this correct? Seems a bit wrong to me :S
 
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forgot to take the square root of velocity.
 
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andrien said:
forgot to take the square root of velocity.

Ah! That gives me almost 16 sec, which makes more sense

Thank you!
 

1. How is lap time measured in racing?

In racing, lap time is measured using a transponder system that is attached to the car. This system counts the number of times the car crosses a designated timing line, and calculates the elapsed time between each crossing.

2. Is 0.8 seconds a realistic lap time?

It depends on the type of race and the track conditions. In some races, a lap time of 0.8 seconds may be considered very fast, while in others it may be considered average or even slow.

3. What factors can affect lap time?

There are many factors that can affect lap time, including the type of car, track conditions, weather, driver skill and experience, and the overall setup of the car.

4. Can lap time be improved?

Yes, lap time can be improved through various techniques such as optimizing the car's setup, improving driving techniques, and making adjustments based on track conditions and weather.

5. How important is lap time in racing?

Lap time is crucial in racing as it determines the overall performance of a car and driver. It is also used to compare the performance of different cars and drivers, and can greatly impact the outcome of a race.

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