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Find speed and acceleration of truck

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1. Homework Statement
a truck covers 40m in 8.50s while slowing down to a final speed of 2.80m/s


2. Homework Equations

find original speed
find it's acceleration

3. The Attempt at a Solution

for original speed i think it is 40m/8.50s= 4.7m/s
now for acceleration i am not sure which kinematic equation to use. i think it's Vf=Vi+at am i on the right track or no
 

learningphysics

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That's not right... for original speed.

d = vt only applies for constant speed situations...

you need a different equation to find the original speed.
 
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so is the original speed then the same as the initial speed
 
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yes, what equation do you know that relates velocity, initial velocity, and time?
 
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well for acceleration you would use a= (Vf-Vi)/t
for initial speed would you use a=2(x-V1t)/t^2
 

learningphysics

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well for acceleration you would use a= (Vf-Vi)/t
for initial speed would you use a=2(x-V1t)/t^2
Yes, but the acceleration formula here requires initial speed... the initial speed formula requires acceleration... so neither of these formulas let you get started...

you can calculate original speed immediately. which formula lets you get it?
 
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can u set these two equations equal to each other, cancel acceleration and solve for Vi or am I making it more complicated
 

learningphysics

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can u set these two equations equal to each other, cancel acceleration and solve for Vi or am I making it more complicated
d = (v1+v2)/2 * t

You can use this to get the original speed.
 
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i get it ..thank u
 

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