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Average velocity of vehicle

  1. Oct 25, 2012 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    A vehicle accelerates from 2 m/s to 26 m/s in 12 seconds. Determine the acceleration. Also find the average velocity and the distance travelled.


    2. Relevant equations
    Average velocity = Total distance/ time taken



    3. The attempt at a solution
    Acceleration = (26-2)/12 = 2m/s2
    Average velocity = ???

    Ok the answer for average velocity is = (26+2)/2 = 12.
    Total distance = 14*12 =168m.

    My question is how is the average velocity computed like this?? WHy 26+2???? And why divided by 2? Isn't the total time taken 12 seconds? SHouldn't it be divided by 12? ANy help would be Appreciated.
     
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  3. Oct 25, 2012 #2

    SammyS

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    The average velocity can be computed like that only if acceleration is uniform (constant). Also, if the acceleration were not constant, all the could be computed in this problem is average acceleration.
     
  4. Oct 25, 2012 #3
    but why divided by 2? So if acceleration is constant its always divide by 2?
     
  5. Oct 25, 2012 #4
    damn i'm so goddamn stupid not to understand this
     
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