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Homework Help: Driving a car

  1. Jan 21, 2013 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    You are driving your car and you heavily apply the brakes for a period of 2.1 seconds. The car keeps moving for a distance of 14.6m before it completely stops.

    What is the acceleration (in m/s2) experienced by the car? Is it truly "acceleration"?

    2. Relevant equations

    5 kinematic equations

    3. The attempt at a solution
    I was using this : Δd=VfΔt-0.5aΔt2

    14.6= 0-0.5a(4.41)

    I don't know what to do after that, I don't know what to do with the part of the equation with the acceleration. Am I even using the right kinematic equation?
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  3. Jan 21, 2013 #2


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    You are using the right one! Note how you have a single equation with just one unknown, a - which is exactly what you're after.
    So much for the physics part, you need to pull out your mathematical skills now and solve the equation. First, try simplifying 0.5 * 4.41 and 0 - ....
  4. Jan 21, 2013 #3


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    Notice the "0- " part. The acceleration will be negative. In everyday language we would call that "deceleration" but, technically, it is still a type of "acceleration".
  5. Jan 21, 2013 #4


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