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Grade 10 Physics: Velocity

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1. Homework Statement
A flying saucer decelerates uniformly from 20 m/s [E] to 50 m/s [W] in 9 seconds. Find the velocity for the 9.0 interval.


2. Homework Equations
Velocity = acceleration x time
or Velocity = displacement/time


3. The Attempt at a Solution
Velocity1 = 20 m/s [E]
Velocity2 = 50 m/s [W]
Time = 9 s
Velocity = 30 x 9
= 270

However, the answer should be 15 m/s [W].
 

LowlyPion

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You need to consider what velocity represents.

V = Δx/Δt

Your space ship has been traveling East at 20m/s and reverses to 50m/s West.

First figure how far it went in stopping going East and then figure how far it went West. Then you can develop the Δx that it traveled in the 9 sec.

The units of your attempt should have told you there was a problem, because you had just the units of displacement in your answer.
 

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