Science educators, especially physics teachers, are frequently confronted with stories about devices and carburetors that permit ordinary cars to get spectacular fuel economy. The claims often exceed 46 kilometers per liter (110 mpg). By applying basic physics as taught at the high school or college freshman level, one can measure the average power output of an automobile at any speed and calculate the maximum possible fuel economy that can be expected.
Iowa Science Teachers Journal
© Copyright 1982 by the Iowa Academy of Science
Trumpy, Franklin D.
"Elementary Physics Applied to Automobile Fuel Economy,"
Iowa Science Teachers Journal: Vol. 19
, Article 2.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uni.edu/istj/vol19/iss1/2