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Finding the acceleration when initial velocity is not known.

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Homework Statement



In 2.0 s, a particle moving with constant acceleration along the x axis goes from x = 10 m to x = 50 m. The velocity at the end of this time interval is 10 m/s. What is the acceleration of the particle?


Homework Equations


kinematic equations


The Attempt at a Solution


i'm quite sure its an deceleration because if i calculate the average speed over the period of time i get 40/2 = 20ms-1, which is faster than the final velocity. I haven't find the way to calculate acceleration without initial velocity since every kinematic formula i know have Vi.

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Homework Statement





Homework Equations





The Attempt at a Solution

 

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i'm quite sure its an deceleration because if i calculate the average speed over the period of time i get 40/2 = 20ms-1, which is faster than the final velocity.
Good. That means the acceleration is negative.
I haven't find the way to calculate acceleration without initial velocity since every kinematic formula i know have Vi.
Since you calculated the average velocity, use it to figure out the initial velocity.
 
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!@&(^#

Thank you..silly me. (i actually went all the way to solve it graphwise...)
 

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