Liberal Arts Blog — How Can Electric Cars Not Have Gears?
Liberal Arts Blog — Wednesday is the Joy of Science, Engineering, and Technology Day
Today’s Topic — How Can Electric Cars Not Have Gears?
Bicycles have gears. Cars have transmissions, right? Transmissions have gear boxes, right? How can an electric car not have gears? (or only one gear) How can an electric vehicle deliver maximum torque at zero RPM (revolutions per minute)? If they can, why can’t an internal combustion engine? Is there a way to explain this phenomenon that is understandable to non-engineers? Is there a metaphor that might help? At what grade level should this be taught? How? Remember Von Neumann’s quote about mathematics: “Young man, in mathematics you don’t understand things. You just get used to them.” Does this principle apply to automotive transmission as well? Experts — please chime in. Correct, elaborate, elucidate.
Is the answer just “obvious” to some and incomprehensible to others? Is this like the “god” thing? Or is this something a really good third or fifth grade science teacher can explain and have 80 or 90% of the class “get it” enough to explain it to another kid?
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