Unstoppable is a 2010 disaster film somewhat inspired by a real life story of a runaway freight train and the attempts to stop it. It involves a number of action-filled scenes that contain key mathematical concepts, including a potentially catastrophic derailment on a turn.
Format: 8 page downloadable .PDF file (check out the image for an overview of the pages).
Contents: Tutorial, worksheet and worked solution.
MATH SCENARIO 1: ASSESSING THE LOAD
MATH SCENARIO 2: A MISSILE THE SIZE OF THE CHRYLSER BUILDING
MATH SCENARIO 3: CHASING DOWN THE TRAIN
MATH SCENARIO 4: SAFE CORNERING SPEED
REAL LIFE EXAMPLE – CSX 8888 INCIDENT AND RUNAWAY RAMPS