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What is the average acceleration of a car

  1. Oct 27, 2003 #1
    what is the average acceleration of a car that goes from rest to 59 km h in 9.0 seconds?
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  3. Oct 27, 2003 #2


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    acceleration is definined to be change in velocity per unit time.

    What is your change in velocity?

    What is your change in time?

    Can you take it from there?
  4. Oct 27, 2003 #3
    First convert 59 Km/h into m/s:

    59 * 1000 / 3600 (seconds in an hour) (m in a Km)

    59 / 3.6 = 16.4 m/s

    Then use the constant acceleration formula:

    v = u + at
    16.4 = 0 + a*9.0
    a = 16.4/9.0
    a = 1.82 m/s2
  5. Oct 27, 2003 #4


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    Generally, lavalamp, we lead them in the right direction and then let them figure it out from there. Thats the way their teachers would want it.
  6. Oct 27, 2003 #5
    Oops, I'll try and remember that in future. :frown:
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