The objective is to find the impact speeds of two motor vehicles involved in a traffic crash. The calculations take into account the approach (pre-collision) and departure (post collision) angles, as well as weights and post collision speeds of both vehicles. The data is provided by Timothy Sleyzack who investigated this traffic collision. The conclusions confirm the validity of the use of Conservation of Linear Momentum in the field of traffic crash reconstruction.
"Mathematical Reconstruction of a Traffic Crash,"
Undergraduate Journal of Mathematical Modeling: One + Two:
2, Article 2.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.5038/2326-36188.8.131.5230 Available at: https://digitalcommons.usf.edu/ujmm/vol11/iss2/2
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Arcadii Grinshpan, Mathematics and Statistics
Timothy Sleyzack, Traffic Homicide Investigator, Florida Highway Patrol, Tampa
Problem Suggested By:
James Covert, Traffic Homicide Investigator, Florida Highway Patrol, Tampa