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Homework Statement
The net force exerted on a 3.5kg block is shown in the figure as a function of time. How far does the block travel in the first 11.0 s? Assume that the motion is one dimensional and that the velocity of the block at time t= 0 s is 0 m/s.
Homework Equations
Vf^2 = Vi^2 + 2ad
F=ma
The Attempt at a Solution
I figured that I could use the force on the graph so I used F=ma. Using the first point of the graph, I got 4 N = (3.5 kg)a, solved for a and got 1.14 m/s^2. Since I'm trying to find distance, I tried using Vf^2 = Vi^2 + 2ad but here's where I got stuck. Initial velocity would be 0 m/s but for final velocity, I'm not sure where I would get that number from. Am I headed in the right direction with this problem?
Also, this type of graph is kind of confusing to read for me. If the yaxis in this problem was labeled acceleration (ax) instead of F(N), a straight horizontal line from 0 to 2 seconds would be constant acceleration then from 2 to 6 seconds, it would be zero acceleration?
Any help would be amazing and immensely appreciated.
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