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Speed question i think

  1. Sep 24, 2006 #1
    Tara is driving at 27 m/s through a fog that limits her visibility to 30m. She suddenly sees a car in front of her traveling in the same direction at 10 m/s. if she fails to apply the brakes, how much time does she have between seeing the car and crashing into it?


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  3. Sep 24, 2006 #2

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    You know her speed, and you know the distance between the two vehicles when she sees it. You also know the speed of the vehicle ahead. You have everything that you need. What do you need to derive to determine the elapsed time?
     
  4. Sep 24, 2006 #3
    Since the second car only could have be seen 30m ahead he is starting 30m, and Tara starts with 0. Then after the first second Tara is at 27m and the second car is at 40m. At the 2nd second the second car is at 50m and Tara is at 54m, meaning she would have crashed at about 2 seconds
     
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  5. Sep 25, 2006 #4

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    Think. Is there another way to simplify this problem without calculating the actual positions of the vehicles at each unit of time?
     
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