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Race to the mountain top: car vs climber
Will a car or a climber reach the top of a mountain first? In a mountainous area of France, presenter Jeremy Clarkson attempts to weave around the mountain roads as a pair of mountain climbers try to beat him by going straight up the sheer rockface. Keeping a high average speed is hard on the winding roads while the climbers have to rely on muscle power alone. In the race back down, both driver and climber have gravity on their side. Published as part of the Top Gear website: bbc.co.uk/topgear/. Please note this clip is only available in Flash.
This clip could be used as part of a series of lessons on graphing journeys. Although the car can move much faster, it has to travel further because it cannot climb steep gradients. The climbers can't move as quickly but they can cope with extreme gradients. Graphs of their respective journeys will reveal why the climbers could beat the car. This is a clip from a longer Top Gear video, the full video can be viewed here: bbc.co.uk/topgear/videos/index.shtml?cat=head_to_head&id=23.
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