# Determine stopping distance of a train traveling at 20m/s

This is problem 12.81 from Pytels Dynamics 2nd edition

1. Homework Statement

A train traveling at 20m/s is brought to an emergency stop. During braking,
the acceleration is a=-(7/4)+(t/16) m/s^2, where t is the time in seconds measured
from when the brakes were applied. (a) Integrate the acceleration from t=0 to
t=16s using Euler's method with Δt=2s. (b) Use the results of the integration to
determine the stopping distance of the train and compare you answer with 138.7m,
the value found analytically.

## The Attempt at a Solution [/B]
According to the results of the Euler method above the stopping distance is between 150.5-152 m
That is way above 138.7m. Am I correct?

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TSny
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Looks good to me.

Is the stopping distance between x7 and x8 where the velocity is 0?

Do I use linear interpolation to find the stopping distance?
for example: Do I use something like this? If yes how do I apply linear interpolation in above graph to find x?

BvU
You would use something like $${x-150\over v_7} = {x-152\over v_8} \Rightarrow x = \left ( {150.5\over v_7}-{152\over v_8} \right )/ \left ({1\over v_7}-{1\over v _8}\right )$$ or 151.14.