(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); 1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

I am not sure that my work is correct, and some guidance would be much appreciated.

An electric toy car has massmand has a power source of constant powerP.

The power source converts electrical energy directly into kinetic energy. If the car is initially stationary and on a level surface, calculate the velocity and acceleration as functions of time. Find the limiting value of the velocity and of the acceleration at very large times.

2. Relevant equations

[itex]P =\frac W t[/itex]

[itex]W=\Delta K[/itex]

3. The attempt at a solution

[itex]P = \frac W t[/itex]

[itex]W=P t[/itex]

[itex]\Delta K = P t[/itex]

Because the initial velocity is zero,

[itex]\frac 1 2 m v^2 \equiv P t[/itex]

[itex]v(t) = \sqrt{\frac{2Pt}{m}}[/itex]

And acceleration is the derivative:

[itex]a(t) = \frac{d}{dt} \left(\sqrt{\frac{2Pt}{m}}\right) = \frac{d}{dt} \left(\sqrt{\frac{2P}{m}} \sqrt{t}\right) = \frac{\sqrt{\frac{2P}{m}}}{2 \sqrt{t}}[/itex]

There are probably some mistakes thus far. I am asked to provide the limiting value of acceleration and velocity at very large times; based on my work, velocity will continually increase and acceleration will approach zero astincreases. Are there no "limiting values", then, other than 0 and infinity?

Any help is much appreciated.

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# Homework Help: Deriving acceleration and velocity for a model car

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