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Homework Help: Minimum Stopping Distance

  1. Jan 13, 2008 #1
    [SOLVED] Minimum Stopping Distance

    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    The minimum stopping distance for a car traveling at a speed of 30m/s is 60m, including the distance traveled during the driver's reaction time of 0.50s.

    a.What is the minimum stopping distance for the same car traveling at a speed of 40 m/s?

    b. Draw a position-versus-time graph for the motion of the car in part a. Assume the car is at Xo=0m when the driver first sees the emergency situation ahead that calls for a rapid halt.

    2. Relevant equations
    For a part:


    3. The attempt at a solution

    The correct answer for a part is 100m. I'm getting 96.7m. I started with the given and figured the time to be 5.335s, using Vf=Vi+at, and subtracted .5s for the reaction time. Then I used d=((Vi+Vf)/2)*t, which I got 96.7m. I don't think that I'm plugging into the formulas correctly?
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  3. Jan 13, 2008 #2


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    The car will not stop in the same time. But its acceleration is constant. Try [itex] v^2 = u^2 +2as[/itex]
  4. Jan 13, 2008 #3
    Okay, I got the acceleration from the given information and then used the equation you have given to solve for a. part. Thanks for the help--it is greatly appreaciated.
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