Since I no longer had a bicycle, I thought that the experiments were finished. But, the next week Antoine brought in his bicycle. This time we tried to have the students pedal at a constant rate. I had hoped to have the students listen to a Walkman playing rap music. However, I had forgotten my son’s Walkman, so the students tried to pedal at a constant rate. This week there were no tragedies.
I also have four students from the tennis team and they said that they would work with me after school to determine limiting effects on bicycle speed in another set of experiments.
I enjoyed the experiments. My students learned a little about gears. I had asked the students when would they pedal in low gear. I explained that in low gear the rear wheel does not travel very fast. Their response was that you use low gear when you’re riding by a street corner that has some pretty girls standing on it. We got around to maybe you might want to use it on hills.