Weatherford Democrat

May 25, 2014

WHS math students, WPD officers team up to measure skid marks


Weatherford Democrat

WEATHERFORD —

Weatherford High School math students had a hands-on lesson in accident reconstruction, thanks to a joint effort between WHS teacher Casey Smith and Weatherford Police Officer Travis Johnson in the WHS parking lot.

Students in Algebra I, Geometry and Algebra II classes learned how to use skid marks from the scene of an accident to determine the minimum speed which a vehicle was traveling. 

Students measured skid marks prepared by WPD.  Using square root functions learned in their math classes, students determined that the vehicle had been travelling at least 30.5 miles per hour.

Officer Johnson also spoke with students about how different driving surfaces, types of tires, varying weather conditions and distractions affect a car’s ability to stop quickly.