Dismiss Notice
Join Physics Forums Today!
The friendliest, high quality science and math community on the planet! Everyone who loves science is here!

Homework Help: Physics Problem: Displacement, Acceleration, Velocity

  1. Sep 8, 2004 #1
    A skateboarder, starting from rest, rolls down a 11.0 m ramp. When she arrives at the bottom of the ramp her speed is 7.20 m/s.

    (a) Determine the magnitude of her acceleration, assumed to be constant.

    (b) If the ramp is inclined at 24.5° with respect to the ground, what is the component of her acceleration that is parallel to the ground?
  2. jcsd
  3. Sep 8, 2004 #2
    (a) Since the skateboarder is on an incline, a = g sinθ. To find the time it takes to descend, find the average velocity v = (vf - vi)/2. We know that t = distance/velocity, or in this case, 11/3.6. Using a = v/t, you can find that θ = ArcSin v/gt.

    (b) If you draw a diagram of the problem you'll see that the x-component of acceleration is ax = a cos24.5
    Last edited: Sep 8, 2004
  4. Nov 9, 2011 #3
    Average Velocity = (vf+vi)/2 and acceleration = (vf-vi)/t please could you explain how average velocity has been expressed as vf-vi over 2
  5. Nov 9, 2011 #4
    Displacement Problem:
    A car travels at a speed of 5 m/s along a square root ABCD find its displacement and average velocity from A to B, from A to C and from A to D i.e from A to all the corners with lenght of one side of the square is = 20 m.
    Find dispacement and average velocity:
    i- from A to B
    ii- form A to C
    iii- from A to D
    Last edited: Nov 9, 2011
Share this great discussion with others via Reddit, Google+, Twitter, or Facebook