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#0917: Parking and the Procedural Deviant

Original Air Date: 04.25.2009

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This week on Car Talk, an auto-marital dispute takes center stage. Carrie thinks her husband, an engineer and self-proclaimed Procedural Deviant, is destroying their car by shutting it off before putting it into Park. Find out if she's right, and learn some other tell-tale signs of Procedural Deviancy. Also, meet Seth from Cincinnati-- actually, you may want to avoid Seth. He's the puppeteer driving a lime green 1980 Ford Fiesta, with a slight braking problem--as in, he pushes the pedal, and it doesn't stop. Plus, some trenchant questions from an 11-year old listener, a Camry in need of a new battery, or an enema, and late-night TV strikes again! All this, plus a Puzzler from the airport Stand-By line, this week on Car Talk.

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This Week's Puzzler

How did the standby passenger manage to get on the plane? Find out!

Last Week's Puzzler

How did the teenage son cause the drop in gas mileage? Find out!

Show Open Topic

Three questions from an 11-year-old fan.

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by Anonymous

Engineering/Physics(?), 5 Degree Problem

by dblnn

The physics problem that stated a rope and a 300 Newton force applied to a rope until 5 degrees displacement. The formula should be force ~= 300 / sin(5) NOT force ~= 300 * sin(5). For small angles the force in usually considered equivalent for either normal or the offset angle. Sincerely and best regards, Peter J. Hoffmann Electronics Engineer and IEEE member since 1970 now retired. (815) 455-2218 Crystal Lake, Illinois P. S. The answer is: 300 / sin(5) == 300 / 8.715574274765 e-2 therefore force ~= 3,442 newtons My Handspring(R) PDA has trig functions built in [as apposed to an Palm Pilot(R)] -- I AM the engineer, be careful what YOU wish for, you PAY ME to invent things!

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