Register to reply 
General motion mechanics 
Share this thread: 
#1
Dec1111, 07:01 AM

P: 19

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
The resultant force acting on a train of mass m starting from rest on a level track is a constant P for speeds less than V . For speeds greater than V the power exerted by the resultant force has a constant value PV . Find the time taken to reach a speed 2V from rest, and the corresponding distance travelled. 2. Relevant equations Force= power * velocity Power= dw/dt 3. The attempt at a solution for some reason, i dont know how to go about doing it. 


#2
Dec1111, 08:38 AM

Sci Advisor
HW Helper
P: 6,679

What does the resultant force do to the train? (hint: Newton's 2nd law). That should allow you to determine time and distance in reaching V in terms of P and m (mass of the train). Does anything change when it hits speed V? AM 


#3
Dec1111, 09:04 AM

P: 19

Yes, i realised that i needed to use Newtons 2nd Law.
What i did was split it up in two, from 0 to V and then from V to 2V. the first part i managed to find the time and distance easily using equations of motion. However for the second part i didn't know what the resultant force was. It gives you the power at 2V NOT the resultant, so i got stuck again. 


#4
Dec1111, 10:58 AM

Sci Advisor
HW Helper
P: 6,679

General motion mechanics
What is the kinetic energy at speed 2V? What is the relationship between change in kinetic energy, power and time where the power is constant? That should give you the time. And from that you should be able to work out the distance. AM 


Register to reply 
Related Discussions  
Mechanics (general motion of a rigid body)  Introductory Physics Homework  6  
General Relativity, Quantum Mechanics, Motion and Virtual Particles... Oh my!  Quantum Physics  5  
Mechanics in motion  General Discussion  3  
Is Newtonian Mechanics more general than Hamiltonian Mechanics?  General Physics  6  
Classical Mechanics, Motion under Gravity, Motion on Inclines  Physics Learning Materials  0 