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Homework Help: Force, Velocity, and Power

  1. Mar 21, 2008 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    The engine of an automobile requires 40 hp to maintain a constant speed of 78 km/h.

    (a) What is the resistive force against the automobile?
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    1376.465N (correct)
    (b) If the resistive force is proportional to the velocity, what must the engine power be to drive at constant speeds of 65 km/h?
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    (c) What must the engine power be to drive at constant speeds of 145 km/h under the same conditions?
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    2. Relevant equations
    P=Fv = [tex]\frac{Fd}{s}[/tex]

    3. The attempt at a solution
    Questions B and C: It seems I have two unknowns (Resistive force and engine power output). Any ideas?
  2. jcsd
  3. Mar 21, 2008 #2
    Since you are assuming that resistive force is directly proportional to velocity, you know:
    [tex]F \propto v[/tex]
    [tex]F = kv[/tex]

    [tex]P = Fv[/tex]
    [tex]P = kv^{2}[/tex]

    You now need to find the constant k, then you'll be all set.
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