# Isolating acceleration in distance equation

1. May 3, 2012

### carinaeeta

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
Work on an equation to find the value of acceleration with initial velocity, distance and time given.

2. Relevant equations
distance = ( initial velocity * time ) + ( 1/2 * acceleration * time2 )

3. The attempt at a solution
acceleration = (-1)(velocity)(time) - distance / (1/2 * time2 )

The result I'm getting from what I came up with(above) is only correct when value of time is 5.

The work is for a simulation program where acceleration is computed from user specified time, velocity and distance.

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

2. Relevant equations

3. The attempt at a solution

2. May 3, 2012

### tms

You have the right idea; you just need to do the algebra correctly.

3. May 3, 2012

### Tobbin92

It is the algebra that is the problem, try to argue out the accelleration again and see if it helps.

Last edited: May 3, 2012