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## Main Question or Discussion Point

What information do I need about the car to make this determination?

(Specifically, I'm talking about a 2000 VW Golf.)

(Specifically, I'm talking about a 2000 VW Golf.)

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What information do I need about the car to make this determination?

(Specifically, I'm talking about a 2000 VW Golf.)

(Specifically, I'm talking about a 2000 VW Golf.)

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You need to know how long it takes for the car to accelerate from 0-60 mph. This is kind of a standard for comparing acceleration of cars.What information do I need about the car to make this determination?

(Specifically, I'm talking about a 2000 VW Golf.)

That will enable you to determine the approximate average acceleration (there is some inaccuracy because the car may not accelerate evenly). From that you can determine the time it would take to reach x MPH. From that you can determine the distance covered in that time. Then you can compare it to the distance d.

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Ok, thanks. This was certainly my first instinct, but I wanted a second opinion. I managed to complete the calculation. Thanks again for your help!You need to know how long it takes for the car to accelerate from 0-60 mph. This is kind of a standard for comparing acceleration of cars.

That will enable you to determine the approximate average acceleration (there is some inaccuracy because the car may not accelerate evenly). From that you can determine the time it would take to reach x MPH. From that you can determine the distance covered in that time. Then you can compare it to the distance d.

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I think the assumption of constant acceleration is not to accurate.

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Well I think all you need to know is when it was dropped ;-)

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