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A manned rocket accelerates at a rate of 20 m/s 2 size 12{"20 m/s" rSup { size 8{2} } } {} during launch. How long does it take the rocket to reach a velocity of 400 m/s?

To answer this, choose an equation that allows you to solve for time t size 12{t} {} , given only a size 12{a} {} , v 0 size 12{v rSub { size 8{0} } } {} , and v size 12{v} {} .

v = v 0 + at size 12{v=v"" lSub { size 8{0} } + ital "at"} {}

Rearrange to solve for t size 12{t} {} .

t = v v 0 a = 400 m/s 0 m/s 20 m/s 2 = 20 s size 12{t= { {v - v"" lSub { size 8{0} } } over {a} } = { {"400 m/s" - "0 m/s"} over {"20 m/s" rSup { size 8{2} } } } ="20 s"} {}
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Section summary

  • To simplify calculations we take acceleration to be constant, so that a - = a size 12{ { bar {a}}=a} {} at all times.
  • We also take initial time to be zero.
  • Initial position and velocity are given a subscript 0; final values have no subscript. Thus,
    Δ t = t Δ x = x x 0 Δ v = v v 0
  • The following kinematic equations for motion with constant a size 12{a} {} are useful:
    x = x 0 + v - t size 12{x=x rSub { size 8{0} } + { bar {v}}t} {}
    v - = v 0 + v 2 size 12{ { bar {v}}= { {v rSub { size 8{0} } +v} over {2} } } {}
    v = v 0 + at size 12{v=v rSub { size 8{0} } + ital "at"} {}
    x = x 0 + v 0 t + 1 2 at 2 size 12{x=x rSub { size 8{0} } +v rSub { size 8{0} } t+ { {1} over {2} } ital "at" rSup { size 8{2} } } {}
    v 2 = v 0 2 + 2 a x x 0 size 12{v rSup { size 8{2} } =v rSub { size 8{0} } rSup { size 8{2} } +2a left (x - x rSub { size 8{0} } right )} {}
  • In vertical motion, y size 12{y} {} is substituted for x size 12{x} {} .


An Olympic-class sprinter starts a race with an acceleration of 4 . 50 m/s 2 size 12{4 "." "50 m/s" rSup { size 8{2} } } {} . (a) What is her speed 2.40 s later? (b) Sketch a graph of her position vs. time for this period.

(a) 10 . 8 m/s size 12{"10" "." 8" m/s"} {}


Line graph of position in meters versus time in seconds. The line begins at the origin and is concave up, with its slope increasing over time.
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A well-thrown ball is caught in a well-padded mitt. If the deceleration of the ball is 2 . 10 × 10 4 m/s 2 , and 1.85 ms ( 1 ms = 10 3 s ) size 12{ \( "1 ms"="10" rSup { size 8{-3} } " s" \) } {} elapses from the time the ball first touches the mitt until it stops, what was the initial velocity of the ball?

38.9 m/s (about 87 miles per hour)

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A bullet in a gun is accelerated from the firing chamber to the end of the barrel at an average rate of 6 .20 × 10 5 m/s 2 size 12{6 "." "20"´"10" rSup { size 8{5} } " m/s" rSup { size 8{2} } } {} for 8 . 10 × 10 4 s . What is its muzzle velocity (that is, its final velocity)?

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(a) A light-rail commuter train accelerates at a rate of 1 . 35 m/s 2 size 12{1 "." "35 m/s" rSup { size 8{2} } } {} . How long does it take to reach its top speed of 80.0 km/h, starting from rest? (b) The same train ordinarily decelerates at a rate of 1 . 65 m/s 2 size 12{1 "." "65 m/s" rSup { size 8{2} } } {} . How long does it take to come to a stop from its top speed? (c) In emergencies the train can decelerate more rapidly, coming to rest from 80.0 km/h in 8.30 s. What is its emergency deceleration in m/s 2 size 12{"m/s" rSup { size 8{2} } } {} ?

(a) 16 . 5 s size 12{`"16" "." "5 s"} {}

(b) 13 . 5 s size 12{"13" "." "5 s"} {}

(c) 2 . 68 m/s 2 size 12{` - 2 "." "68 m/s" rSup { size 8{2} } } {}

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While entering a freeway, a car accelerates from rest at a rate of 2 . 40 m/s 2 size 12{2 "." "40 m/s" rSup { size 8{2} } } {} for 12.0 s. (a) Draw a sketch of the situation. (b) List the knowns in this problem. (c) How far does the car travel in those 12.0 s? To solve this part, first identify the unknown, and then discuss how you chose the appropriate equation to solve for it. After choosing the equation, show your steps in solving for the unknown, check your units, and discuss whether the answer is reasonable. (d) What is the car’s final velocity? Solve for this unknown in the same manner as in part (c), showing all steps explicitly.

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At the end of a race, a runner decelerates from a velocity of 9.00 m/s at a rate of 2 . 00 m/s 2 size 12{2 "." "00 m/s" rSup { size 8{2} } } {} . (a) How far does she travel in the next 5.00 s? (b) What is her final velocity? (c) Evaluate the result. Does it make sense?

(a) 20 . 0 m size 12{"20" "." "0 m"} {}

(b) 1 . 00 m/s size 12{ - 1 "." "00"`"m/s"} {}

(c) This result does not really make sense. If the runner starts at 9.00 m/s and decelerates at 2 . 00 m/s 2 size 12{2 "." "00 m/s" rSup { size 8{2} } } {} , then she will have stopped after 4.50 s. If she continues to decelerate, she will be running backwards.

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Professional Application:

Blood is accelerated from rest to 30.0 cm/s in a distance of 1.80 cm by the left ventricle of the heart. (a) Make a sketch of the situation. (b) List the knowns in this problem. (c) How long does the acceleration take? To solve this part, first identify the unknown, and then discuss how you chose the appropriate equation to solve for it. After choosing the equation, show your steps in solving for the unknown, checking your units. (d) Is the answer reasonable when compared with the time for a heartbeat?

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Questions & Answers

what is heat
Ojo Reply
heat is the transfer of internal energy from one point to another
what is a wave
Williams Reply
wave means. A field of study
what are Atoms
is the movement back and front or up and down
how ?
wave is a disturbance that transfers energy through matter or space with little or no associated mass.
A wave is a motion of particles in disturbed medium that carry energy from one midium to another
an atom is the smallest unit( particle) of an element that bares it's chemical properties
what is electromagnetic induction?
How is the de Broglie wavelength of electrons related to the quantization of their orbits in atoms and molecules?
Larissa Reply
How do you convert 0.0045kgcm³ to the si unit?
how many state of matter do we really have like I mean... is there any newly discovered state of matter?
Falana Reply
I only know 5: •Solids •Liquids •Gases •Plasma •Bose-Einstein condensate
Alright Thank you
Which one is the Bose-Einstein
can you explain what plasma and the I her one you mentioned
u can say sun or stars are just the state of plasma
but the are more than seven
list it out I wanna know
what the meaning of continuum
Akhigbe Reply
What state of matter is fire
Thapelo Reply
fire is not in any state of matter...fire is rather a form of energy produced from an oxidising reaction.
Isn`t fire the plasma state of matter?
all this while I taught it was plasma
How can you define time?
Thapelo Reply
Time can be defined as a continuous , dynamic , irreversible , unpredictable quantity .
unpredictable? but I can say after one o'clock its going to be two o'clock predictably!
how can we define vector
I would define it as having a magnitude (size)with a direction. An example I can think of is a car traveling at 50m/s (magnitude) going North (direction)
as for me guys u would say time is quantity that measures how long it takes for a specific condition to happen e.g how long it takes for the day to end or how it takes for the travelling car to cover a km.
what is the relativity of physics
Paul Reply
How do you convert 0.0045kgcm³ to the si unit?
What is the formula for motion
Anthony Reply
V=u+at V²=u²-2as
they are eqns of linear motion
v=u+at s=ut+at^\2 v^=u^+2as where ^=2
Explain dopplers effect
Jennifer Reply
Not yet learnt
Explain motion with types
Acceleration is the change in velocity over time. Given this information, is acceleration a vector or a scalar quantity? Explain.
Alabi Reply
Scalar quantity Because acceleration has only magnitude
acleration is vectr quatity it is found in a spefied direction and it is product of displcemnt
its a scalar quantity
velocity is speed and direction. since velocity is a part of acceleration that makes acceleration a vector quantity. an example of this is centripetal acceleration. when you're moving in a circular patter at a constant speed, you are still accelerating because your direction is constantly changing.
acceleration is a vector quantity. As explained by Josh Thompson, even in circular motion, bodies undergoing circular motion only accelerate because on the constantly changing direction of their constant speed. also retardation and acceleration are differentiated by virtue of their direction in
respect to prevailing force
What is the difference between impulse and momentum?
Momentum is the product of the mass of a body and the change in velocity of its motion. ie P=m(v-u)/t (SI unit is kgm/s). it is literally the impact of collision from a moving body. While Impulse is the product of momentum and time. I = Pt (SI unit is kgm) or it is literally the change in momentum
Or I = m(v-u)
the tendency of a body to maintain it's inertia motion is called momentum( I believe you know what inertia means) so for a body to be in momentum it will be really hard to stop such body or object..... this is where impulse comes in.. the force applied to stop the momentum of such body is impulse..
Calculation of kinetic and potential energy
dion Reply
K.e=mv² P.e=mgh
K is actually 1/2 mv^2
what impulse is given to an a-particle of mass 6.7*10^-27 kg if it is ejected from a stationary nucleus at a speed of 3.2*10^-6ms²? what average force is needed if it is ejected in approximately 10^-8 s?
speed=velocity÷time velocity=speed×time=3.2×10^-6×10^-8=32×10^-14m/s impulse [I]=∆momentum[P]=mass×velocity=6.7×10^-27×32×10^-14=214.4×10^-41kg/ms force=impulse÷time=214.4×10^-41÷10^-8=214.4×10^-33N. dats how I solved it.if wrong pls correct me.
what is sound wave
Nworu Reply
sound wave is a mechanical longitudinal wave that transfers energy from one point to another
its a longitudnal wave which is associted wth compresion nad rearfractions
what is power
it's also a capability to do something or act in a particular way.
Newton laws of motion
power also known as the rate of ability to do work
power means capabilty to do work p=w/t its unit is watt or j/s it also represents how much work is done fr evry second

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