A person driving her car at 50 km/h approaches an intersection just as the traffic light turns yellow. She knows that the yellow light lasts only 2.0 s before turning to red, and she is 30 m away from the near side of the intersection (Fig. 2-29). Should she try to stop, or should she make a run for it? The intersection is 15 m wide. Her car's maximum deceleration is -5.8 m/s2, whereas it can accelerate from 50 km/h to 70 km/h in 6.0 s. Ignore the length of her car and her reaction time.
If she hits the brakes, how far will she travel before stopping?
If she hits the gas instead, how far will she travel before the light turns red?
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The Attempt at a Solution
i didnt get the right answer. so can some please help??!!
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