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ERIC Number: EJ1016087
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Sep
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 2
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0036-6811
Jamitons: Phantom Traffic Jams
Kowszun, Jorj
School Science Review, v95 n350 p53-61 Sep 2013
Traffic on motorways can slow down for no apparent reason. Sudden changes in speed by one or two drivers can create a chain reaction that causes a traffic jam for the vehicles that are following. This kind of phantom traffic jam is called a "jamiton" and the article discusses some of the ways in which traffic engineers produce mathematical models that seek to understand and, if possible, reduce this effect. Ways in which jamitons can be simulated in the classroom are also discussed. (Contains 16 figures and 1 online resource.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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