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Homework Help: Please help on test

  1. Feb 19, 2009 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    While visiting a friend in San Francisco, you decide to drive around the city. You turn a corner and find yourself going up a steep hill. Suddenly a small boy runs out on the street chasing a ball. You slam on the brakes and skid to a stop, leaving a skid mark 50 ft long on the street. The boy calmly walks away, but a policeman watching from the sidewalk comes over and gives you a ticket for speeding. You are still shaking from the experience when he points out that the speed limit on this street is 25 mph.
    After you recover your wits, you examine the situation more closely. You determine that the street makes an angle of 20° with the horizontal and that the coefficient of static friction between your tires and the street is 0.80. You also find that the coefficient of kinetic friction between your tires and the street is 0.60. Your car's information book tells you that the mass of your car is 1570 kg. You weigh 130 lb, and a witness tells you that the boy had a weight of about 60 lbs and took 3.0 s to cross the 15-ft wide street. Will you fight the ticket in court?

    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution

    i got x: Ffriction + Fx


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  3. Feb 19, 2009 #2


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    Doing exam questions are a little dubious on the homework forum.

    Besides you've shown no real effort.
  4. Feb 19, 2009 #3
    Alright this an old exam question. Here is my progress :

    use the equation v^2-v0^2 = 2x(x-x0)

    by trig I figured out,

    Fnet = F of friction + F of x direction

    = 0.6mgCos(@)+mgSin(@)


    v^2 = 0, Vo^2 = ? ,

    a = Fnet/m

    g(0.6Cos(theta) +gsin(theta)).


    Vo^2 = 2F/m(X-Xo)

    = sqrt ( 2 (g(.6Cos(@) + sin(@))(15.14)

    = 16.44m/s
  5. Feb 20, 2009 #4


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    So what does that translate to in mph?

    Should you fight the ticket then?
  6. Feb 20, 2009 #5
    that translates to 36mph. I am not sure if my logic is correct though, which
    is why i wanted someone to check it.

    IF this is correct then he is guilty.
  7. Feb 20, 2009 #6


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    Yep. He should just mail in the fine and wait for his auto insurance rates to go up.
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