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Homework Help: How would I solve this kinematics question

  1. Oct 14, 2012 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    Maverick in an F-14 is moving at a constant velocity of 509 km/hr. He is chasing a "bogey," also known as a Russian MiG-28 (at least, in the movie they were - there's no such thing as a MiG-28), which is moving with a constant velocity of 592 km/hr in the same direction. Maverick can see that he's getting away, so he fires an air-to-air missile hanging from the wing of his aircraft when the separation distance is 848 m. The missile accelerates at 135 m/s2.

    By the way, if you don't know what movie this is from, you deserve to be thrown in the gulag.
    A. How far does the MiG travel before it explodes in a greasy Commie fireball?
    B. How far from the explosion is Maverick?
    C. How long was the missile in the air?
    D. How fast was the missile going when it hit the MiG?

    For some reason, I keep getting it wrong, and I have no idea why. Can someone help me with the answer? Can someone tell me the actual answer and then I can try to work to see how to get there?
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  3. Oct 14, 2012 #2

    Doc Al

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    Show what you've done so far. That way we can see where you are going wrong.
  4. Oct 14, 2012 #3


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    "greasy commie fireball"? Really? Actually, I kinda like the image (sorry to any of my commie friends). You need to post your work so we can see where you lost control. Can't post the answers either--rules (probably made by more commies).
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