Real World Math

Researchers in Alberta are using mathematics to predict driving patterns in order to understand the science of traffic jams. Their studies are helping to understand how the actions of one driver can amplify as a wave of behavior on a busy road. The behavior, researchers say, is similar to wave patterns caused by detonation explosions. A greater understanding of these patterns can help city planners to set safe speed limits and create a smoother commute for hundreds of thousands of people.