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Acceleration and Moving Objects

  1. Sep 4, 2006 #1
    A large boulder is ejected vertically upward from a volcano with an initial speed of 40.1 m/s. (Air resistance can be ignored.)

    a) At what time after being ejected is the boulder moving at 19.2 m/s upward? (g = 9.80 m/s^2)
    b) At what time is it moving at 19.2 m/s downward? (g = 9.80 m/s^2)
    c) When is the displacement of the boulder from its initial position zero? g = 9.80 m/s^2
    d) When is the velocity of the boulder zero? g = 9.80 m/s^2

    I did and understand these four parts. Now the following two parts are the ones I do not understand.

    e) What is the magnitude of the acceleration while the boulder is moving? (Take g = 9.80 m/s^2 for free fall acceleration)

    Well, the boulder can move up or down, but is the magnitude 9.80 m/s^2 for both scenarios?

    f. What is the direction, up or down, of the acceleration while the boulder is moving?

    Won't the direction be down?

    Thanks for any help.
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  3. Sep 4, 2006 #2


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    Yep you have that question licked it seems.
  4. Sep 4, 2006 #3
    Let me try to help. For (a) I think you need something similar to V=Vo+at
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