• Question: what area of science is involved with cars or traveling

    Asked by whew499art to Alexander dB, Martin M, Michael S on 28 Feb 2024.
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      Martin McCoustra answered on 28 Feb 2024:


      There’s lots of science and engineering go into motor vehicles. If you want to understand car design and construction then Automotive Engineering is likely where you should start. That will explain the physics behind the design choices made in building cars. While if you want to understand the cutting edge materials used in building them then that’s part of chemistry. The same is true with powering the car… combustion and batteries are both topics in chemistry. The important thing is no one discipline can help you understand how to build a car.

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      Michael Schubert answered on 29 Feb 2024:


      Lots of branches of science handle this! For instance, physics is involved in how cars move, the way they are powered, and analyzing things like crash scenes. Chemistry goes into making better fuels and even things like protective paints and coatings. Engineering handles how cars are built and how our roadways are designed. Even things like behavioural science are involved in designing the controls people use in cars!

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      Alexander de Bruin answered on 4 Mar 2024:


      most science can be related to cars and travelling eventually. I’ve ended up working in transportation (new ways to power trucks) via chemistry and physics, but there are so many different aspects of cars and transportation in general that you’ll probably be able to find a niche whatever you start out as.

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