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How Long Will it Take Me to Catch The Bus?

  1. Sep 9, 2009 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    Lisa is late for the school bus! (Oh - no) As Otto is pulling away with a constant acceleration of 1.10 m/s/s. Lisa is 11m away and running at a constant speed of 5.05 m/s..

    When will Lisa catch the bus?

    Where will Lisa catch the bus using the bus's initial position as the referance point?


    2. Relevant equations

    DeltaX= Vot+1/2a(t)sqrd


    3. The attempt at a solution

    Honestly I have sat here thinking for about 30 minutes... any insight on how to start would be great.... (I don't just want the answer)
     
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  3. Sep 9, 2009 #2
    Hi bleedblue1234

    I think the initial speed of the bus is zero. If I interpret the question correctly, it will be like this :

    Assume that Lisa catches the bus at point X after both of them move for t seconds. At that time, the bus will travel distance d and Lisa will travel distance 11 + d.
    Now set up two equations and solve for t and use the value of t to find where Lisa will catch the bus. :smile:
     
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