PLAINFIELD HIGH SCHOOL CALCULUS CLASS TO STUDY MATH AND RACING AT IRP INDIANAPOLIS (Sept. 13, 2005) 49 seniors in the Advance Placement Calculus class of Plainfield High School will visit Indianapolis Raceway Park on Friday during...
PLAINFIELD HIGH SCHOOL CALCULUS CLASS TO STUDY MATH AND RACING AT IRP
INDIANAPOLIS (Sept. 13, 2005) 49 seniors in the Advance Placement Calculus class of Plainfield High School will visit Indianapolis Raceway Park on Friday during the NHRA North Central Finals. They will be studying the use of Calculus in the relationship between position, velocity, and acceleration.
"Any time you can use real life examples in teaching is a positive experience for the students," said Stacey Peters, Plainfield High School Calculus teacher. "Studying the cars on the track and translating the data from the runs will help the students learn how calculus has many uses."
IRP is pleased to hope the group to not only open their eyes to racing but to provide a place to learn.
"We are thrilled to have the group use the track as a class room," states Ron Anderson, general manager of IRP. "We hope they learn about the sport of drag racing and how math can be applied to sports."
The class will arrive at IRP at 8:30 a. m. and will use the Park Tower Media Center during the morning.
The NHRA North Central Division Finals features 20 teams from the Mid-West as they compete for both team and individual titles. The event runs Friday through Sunday.
One of five drag racing facilities owned and operated by the National Hot Rod Association, IRP was built in 1960 and has presented organized racing events since 1961. From March through October, the facility hosts more than 120 dates of racing on three tracks, a quarter-mile drag strip, a .686-mile paved oval and a 2.5-mile road course. Home to drag racing's biggest event, the NHRA U.S. Nationals over Labor Day weekend, the drag strip runs more than 50 days of point-to-point action, from national events to street legal community programs. The oval track draws racing's biggest events, including annual visits from the NASCAR Busch, NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and three annual USAC races. The road course provides a home for several racing sanctions, such as SCCA, while providing an ideal resource for driving schools, corporate outings and open-road tests for professional drivers.
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