The Skyfall The Ana Maria Transit Bus Accident

by: Carolina Sangga

Publication Date: December 12, 2014
Length: 3 pages
Product ID#: 1-001-000

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Darius Garcia has been asked to lead the accident investigation team for the Ana Maria Transit bus accident. As he analyzes the accident evidence, he asks himself: Did the driver exceed the speed limit? Was the highway poorly constructed? Was weather a factor to consider? What about the conditions of the driver and the bus? Equipped with basic principles in physics, he is looking into the true cause of the accident. This case is appropriate for undergraduate students who are taking a physics course in mechanics. Students must have an understanding of conversion of units, linear motion, uniformly accelerated motion, projectile motion, circular motion, and friction to solve the case problem. This case can be used after a full discussion of kinematics and the dynamics of linear motion. It can serve as a culminating activity that will allow students to apply the concepts to a real life situation.

Teaching Objectives

After reading and discussing the material, students should:

  • Analyze a real life scenario using concepts learned in physics.
  • Discuss the factors that could have contributed to the accident presented in the case.
  • Solve the case problem using mechanics’ concepts and equations, specifically projectile motion, circular motion, uniformly accelerated motion, and friction.