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I'm in my 3rd weeks of physics, so I'm dealing with Kinematic Equations.

My question is: A train accelerates from an initial velocity of 25.0 km/hr to a final vel. of 65.0km/h in 8.5 seconds..Find its acceleration and the distance the train travels during this time.

for acceleration, I did A = Final Vel - Initial Vel / time and when put in m/s , it comes out to 1.31 meters per second squared...i checked the answered in the back of the book..it checks out..ok, i got that part...

now... for distance, I used X = 1/2(final vel + initial Vel)t no matter how many times I did it, my answer doesnt match up with the books correct answer of 106m

i also thought i might have used the wrong equation so i tried using:

X=Final Vel(time) + 1/2at squared

still doesnt come out right

what am i doing wrong? it's really frustrating, ...I need to get this and do real well because its part of my pre-med requirement, so any help would be appreciated..thanks

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