Motion at constant acceleration

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Homework Statement


In coming to a stop, a car leaves skid marks 92m long on the highway. Assuming a deceleration of 7.00m/s^2 estimate the speed of the car just before braking.


Homework Equations



deceleration=7m/s^2, distance=92m

The Attempt at a Solution


I found there was not enough information to solve the problem, but i had a go, assuming dividing the distance by deceleration you would get time. 92/7 =13.14 seconds

I substituted this into the equation of motion x=x0+v0t+1/2at^2
=52.99m/s. Is this right???????

NEED TO KNOW BY TOMORROW
 

Answers and Replies

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ideasrule
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Why would distance divided by deceleration give you time? Why would x=x0+v0t+1/2at^2, which is an equation for displacement, give you speed?

Are you familiar with the equation vf^2-vi^2=2ad?
 
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so the answer should be vi^2=2(7)(92)
=square root 1288=35.889 m/s??
 

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