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It’s raining cats and dogs outside, which means that your car is going to have a hard time gripping the slick asphalt. It’s best to stay home and enjoy some hot cocoa while you watch the storm roll in (or at least wait until it passes). But what if you can’t? What if you’re on a deadline or there is an emergency? You may need to take your chances with Mother Nature’s fury. When driving in extreme weather conditions, kinetic energy becomes more important than ever! The Kinetical Energy Equation tells us how much work we will need to do when our tires are slipping all over the place. So, let’s break down this equation so that you know what it looks like and how you can use it. -The Kinetical Energy Equation is written as: \(W = \frac{½mv^²}{μ}\) where \(\mu\) represents a coefficient of friction and \(v\) refers to the velocity or speed at which your car is travelling with respect to some surface. Note that in this equation, work equals kinetic energy so if we want our tires on the road then we need to have more kinetic energy! -Useful numbers might be: Weight (kg) 1500; Velocity(km/h) 0; Coefficient Of Friction (.50); Work done (Joules), 14076400 J – The amount of work done by an object equals its


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