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Homework Help: Velocity 3 part question

  1. Mar 20, 2008 #1
    Question: A rolling ball has an initial velocity of -1.5 m/s.
    a. If the ball has a constant acceleration of -0.23 m/s^2, what is its velocity after 2.2s?
    b. What was its average velocity during that time interval?
    c. How far did it travel in this time interval?

    So far i got:
    a. V= initial velocity + acceleration(time)
    (-1.5m/s) + (-0.23m/s^2)(2.2s)=-2.006m/s

    b. i know the formula for average velocity V= (d2- d1) / (t2 -t1). My problem is I'm not sure what to plug in for displacement. for time i plugged in 2.2s -0s this is where i am stuck.

    c. Im not sure of the formula to solve this part.
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  3. Mar 21, 2008 #2
    Calculate displacement using simple kinematic relations.

    Use v2 you calculated above.

    You need not pay much attention to the negative sign given in velocity.it only indicated that the velocity is in the backward direction as from the general Cartesian conventions.
    don't plug in the negative sign to get the value of velocity.

    For next part you can use simple kinematic equations.

    v[initial]= 1.5m/s
    accln= -.23 m/s^2
    Last edited: Mar 21, 2008
  4. Mar 28, 2008 #3
    Sry, but this still leaves me with the same problem I already figured out question a. I know the formula for question b, but my problem is I dont know what to put for displacement. How would i figure out d1 and d2 in the formula. For question c Im not sure how to solve this question so how would i begin.
  5. Mar 28, 2008 #4


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    If you figure out c, you'll have calculated d2-d1.

    I'm surprised you'd know the equation you used in a without knowing the equation for determining your position. The equation you used in a is just the derivative of your equation for position: [tex]s_f = s_i + v_i t + 1/2 a t^2[/tex]
  6. Mar 28, 2008 #5


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    Hi Jess048! :smile:

    You don't need displacement for this part.

    For constant acceleration, the formula for average velocity is also (Vi + Vf)/2 … in other words, it's the average of the initial and final velocity.

    The formulas do give the same result:

    (df - di)/(tf - ti) = (atf^2/2 - ati^2/2)/(tf - ti) = (atf + ati)/2 = (Vf + Vi)/2. :smile:
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