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- Homework Statement
- Two trains are traveling on the same linear track but in opposite direction and toward each other. The train on the right is moving to the left with a velocity of 54 m/s and the train on the left is moving to the right with a velocity of 38 m/s. When the brakes are fully applied on the train on the right, the ensuing acceleration has a magnitude of 0.31 m/s2.

Given the trains have their breaks applied simultaneously and come to a stop at exactly the same instant,

--determine the minimum distance between the trains at which they could fully apply their brakes and come to a complete halt without colliding.

--determine the acceleration of the train on the left.

- Relevant Equations
- x= 1/2at^2+Vot+Xo

a= delta v/t

So my work includes using the acceleration formula a=delta v/t

(Vrtf-Vrti)/a -> (0-54)/(-0.31) -> t=174 seconds

I plug in 174 seconds to find the acceleration of the left train. and got -0.22m/s^2

I then used the displacement equation

x=(1/2)at^2+Vo+So

coming out with Xrt=4703m and Xlt= 3281m

I subtracted those coming out with 1422m, which is the minimum distance between each train to safely halt without crashing.

is that right?!

(Vrtf-Vrti)/a -> (0-54)/(-0.31) -> t=174 seconds

I plug in 174 seconds to find the acceleration of the left train. and got -0.22m/s^2

I then used the displacement equation

x=(1/2)at^2+Vo+So

coming out with Xrt=4703m and Xlt= 3281m

I subtracted those coming out with 1422m, which is the minimum distance between each train to safely halt without crashing.

is that right?!