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Homework Help: Motion in a straight line and a cyclist

  1. Sep 20, 2014 #1
    Could someone please check my work? Thanks :)

    A cyclist rode east for 1.0 x 10^2 m with a constant velocity of 25.0m/s. She then accelerated down a hill, and 5.0s later reached the bottom of the hill with a velocity of 50.0m/s.

    a)How long did the cyclist ride before reaching the hill?


    t=1000m / 25m/s

    b)What was her average acceleration down the hill?

    acceleration=change in velocity/time

    a=50m/s-25m/s / 5s
    =25m/s / 5s

    c)What was the distance she travelled down the hill?

    distance=velocity x time


    d)If she continued to ride a constant velocity for another 5.0s, how far beyond the hill would she travel?

    distance=velocity x time


    At the instant a traffic light turns green, a car starts from rest and accelerates uniformly at a rate of 4.0m/s (E). At the same instant, a truck travelling with a constant velocity of 90.0km/h (E) overtakes and passes the car.

    a)How far beyond the starting point is the car after 10.0s?

    delta d= (v1)(delta t) + 1/2 (a)(delta t^2)

    b)How far beyond the starting point is the truck after 10.0s?

    distance=velocity x time

    c)The car passes the truck at a distance of 312.5m beyond the starting point. How fast is the car travelling at this instant?

    v2^2=v1^2 + 2(a)(delta d)

    d)How long does the car take to pass the truck?

    delta t=v2-v1/a
    =50m/s-0m/s / 4.0m/s

    e)Both drivers suddenly see a barrier 100.0m away and hit their brakes at exactly the same time. Assuming that both vehicles decelerate uniformly, and they take 3.0s to stop, will they stop in time?

    delta d=1/2(v1+v2)delta t

    delta d=1/2(v1+v2)delta t

    Therefore both the car and the truck will be able to stop in time.

    Thank you so much to anyone took the time to look over this and give feedback!

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  3. Sep 21, 2014 #2

    Simon Bridge

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    You have used a plug-and-chug style, which can trip you up when you pick the wrong equations - i.e. in part (c).
    d=v/t only owrks for a constant velocity. While the cyclist was on the hill, she was accelerating.

    The trick with these problems is to sketch the velocity-time graph.
    The displacement is the area under the relevant section of the graph, the acceleration is the slope - that's usually easier than remembering the equations.
  4. Sep 21, 2014 #3
    Thank you
  5. Sep 21, 2014 #4

    Simon Bridge

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    No worries - how did you get on?
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