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Atlanta Motorsports Park

We visit the birthplace of NASCAR, along with a brand new country club for car lovers. That’s right—instead of a golf course, they have a racetrack! In addition to looking back at the area's rich NASCAR history, Teachable Moments include an investigation of Newton's Second Law of Motion and an explanation of sound basics, including how sound waves dissipate over distance.

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    1. How does knowledge of Newton's 2nd Law of Motion help race car drivers?

    2. How difficult do you think it is to balance the desire to build an economy around racing with Dawsonville's desire for noise reduction? Why?

    3. How can a knowledge of sound dissipation help event planners and entertainment professionals?



    CEO: (chief executive officer) the person who has the most authority in an organization or business

    Isaac Newton: English mathematician, astronomer, and physicist who is widely recognised as one of the most influential scientists of all time and a key figure in the scientific revolution

    Apex: the top or highest part of something

    Accelerator: a device, typically a pedal, that controls the speed of a vehicle's engine

    Throttle: a device controlling the flow of fuel or power to an engine 

    Sound Meter: a device used to measure acoustics (sound that travels through air), especially noise levels

    Decibel: a unit for measuring the intensity of a sound

    OSHA: (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) a government agency that assures safe and healthful working conditions

    ANSI: American National Standards Institute is an organization that oversees the development of standards for products, services, processes, and systems

    WHO: (World Health Organization) an agency of the United Nations that is concerned with international public health

    EMT: (Emergency Medical Technician) a person who is trained to provide emergency medical services to patients who are being taken to a hospital

    Paramedic: a healthcare professional, mostly in the pre-hospital and out-of-hospital environment, and working mainly as part of emergency medical services (EMS), such as on an ambulance

    Green Technology: application of one or more of environmental science, chemistry, human monitoring and electronic devices to monitor, model and conserve the natural environment and resources, and to reduce the negative impacts of human involvement

    Sustainable: able to be maintained or upheld at a certain rate or level

    Sound Waves: a wave that is formed when a sound is made and that moves through the air and carries the sound to your ear

Special Thanks

Jeremy Porter, Becky Powell, Gary Freeland, David Headley, Carol McKenzie, Stephen Sheron, Sam Sheron, Kathy Patton, Justin Montoya, Georgia Racing Hall of Fame, Triple T Bed & Breakfast, City of Dawsonville

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