Superguy has attached a nitro booster to his motorcycle to assist him in his quest to rid Science City of his archenemy, Mad Maxwell. The motorcycle doubles its acceleration when the nitro is activated. Superguy is idling by the side of the highway when Maxwell tears by. At this instant Superguy steps on the gas and accelerates at a constant rate until he is moving at the same speed as Maxwell, then uses his booster to close the distance and catch Maxwell. Maxwell moves at a constant 30.0 m/s the entire time, and is caught 60.0 seconds after passing Superguy. (a) How far does Maxwell travel after passing Superguy before being caught? (b) What is the acceleration of the motorcycle with the nitro booster engaged? (c) How long is Superguy in motion before engaging the booster?(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

Motion Equations for Constant Acceleration

1. V_{f}=V_{i}+at

2. X=v_{i}t+.5at^{2}

3. V_{f}^{2}=V_{i}^{2}+2aX

4. X=.5(V_{i}+V_{f})t

X=displacement

V_{f}= final velocity

For part a, I got 1800 m by using eq. 4. But I can't figure out part b using any of the equations because I don't know at what time he used the nitro booster or what the acceleration is. I think if I get a hint on part b I can figure out part c.

Thank you,

Sasspup29

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