# Homework Help: Accelerating Car Passing Truck

1. Jan 16, 2009

### mbecker19

At the instant the traffic light turns green, a car starts with a constant acceleration of 1.3 m/s2. At the same instant a truck, traveling with a constant speed of 3.4 m/s, overtakes and passes the car. How far beyond the traffic light will the car overtake the truck?

2. Jan 16, 2009

### rl.bhat

At the instant of overtake, the relative velocity of truck with respective of car is 3.4 m/s. At the instant of car overtaking the truck, the relative velocity of truck with respective of car will be zero. Using the kinamatic equation find the distance.

3. Jan 16, 2009

### Mentallic

If this means the car and truck will be travelling at the same speed at point of overtake, I beg to differ.

The car is travelling at constant velocity and the truck is accelerating uniformly. You need 2 kinematic equations that relate these 2 constants and both involve the variable distance.

i.e.

for the truck, use:
$$s=vt$$
s=distance
v=velocity
t=time

for the car, use:
$$s=ut+\frac{1}{2}at^2$$
u=intial velocity
a=acceleration

You will have 2 equations with the 2 variables distance and time. Just manipulate mathematically to find the distance.

Last edited: Jan 16, 2009
4. Jan 16, 2009

### matt_crouch

the equations are the other way round arent they?
its the truck that has the constant speed and the car that has the constant acceleration so like mentallic said use the two equations simultaniously to solve the variables
just the other way round =]

5. Jan 16, 2009

### Mentallic

Oh yeah the other way round. Thats sloppy reading on my part

6. Jan 16, 2009

### rl.bhat

7. Jan 16, 2009

### Delphi51

The car will first match the velocity of the truck, then continue to accelerate until its velocity exceeds that of the truck before passing it. There are two interesting times.