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Homework Help: Kinematics, driving question

  1. Oct 1, 2008 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    you're driving down the highway late one night at 20ms when a deep steps onto the road 35m infront of you. your reaction time before steeping on the brakes is 0.5s and the max deceleration of ur car is 10m/s^2

    what is the max speed you could have and still not hit the deer?

    deltaX=35m V=?
    a=-10m/s^2 reaction time = 0.5s

    2. Relevant equations

    Xf= Xi+ViT+1/2aT^2

    3. The attempt at a solution
    so this is what i tried

    i pluged the numbers into the first equation to get


    and i have 2 missing variables so i tried to get it from the other equation

    0-Vi=(-10)T then that didnt work so i tried the other equation

    Vi= 13.23m/s

    and i know that Vi can't be right because i did the question before it and it had Vi of 20m/s and it was 5m from hitting the deer...i dont know what i did wrong can someone help please?
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution
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  3. Oct 1, 2008 #2


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    In order to JUST miss hitting the deer, it must take all 35 meters to slow to 0 m/s. So you have TWO of the equations you just gave: 35=0+ViT+1/2(-10)T^2 for the 35 m and 0-Vi=(-10)T for the time to slow to 0. Now you have two equations in the two "unknown" numbers Vi and T. 0-Vi= -10T tells you that Vi= 10T. Replace Vi by that in the first equation to get a simple equation for T alone. Once you have found T, put that into Vi= 10T to find Vi.

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