We use the set of equations for constant acceleration to solve this problem. Since there are two objects in motion, we have separate equations of motion describing each animal. But what links the equations is a common parameter that has the same value for each animal. If we look at the problem closely, it is clear the common parameter to each animal is their position
x at a later time
t . Since they both start at
${x}_{0}=0$ , their displacements are the same at a later time
t , when the cheetah catches up with the gazelle. If we pick the equation of motion that solves for the displacement for each animal, we can then set the equations equal to each other and solve for the unknown, which is time.
Solution
Equation for the gazelle: The gazelle has a constant velocity, which is its average velocity, since it is not accelerating. Therefore, we use
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${x}_{0}=0$ :
Now we have an equation of motion for each animal with a common parameter, which can be eliminated to find the solution. In this case, we solve for
t :
The gazelle has a constant velocity of 10 m/s, which is its average velocity. The acceleration of the cheetah is 4 m/s
^{2} . Evaluating
t , the time for the cheetah to reach the gazelle, we have
To get the displacement, we use either the equation of motion for the cheetah or the gazelle, since they should both give the same answer.
Displacement of the cheetah:
We see that both displacements are equal, as expected.
Significance
It is important to analyze the motion of each object and to use the appropriate kinematic equations to describe the individual motion. It is also important to have a good visual perspective of the two-body pursuit problem to see the common parameter that links the motion of both objects.
Check Your Understanding A bicycle has a constant velocity of 10 m/s. A person starts from rest and runs to catch up to the bicycle in 30 s. What is the acceleration of the person?
When analyzing one-dimensional motion with constant acceleration, identify the known quantities and choose the appropriate equations to solve for the unknowns. Either one or two of the kinematic equations are needed to solve for the unknowns, depending on the known and unknown quantities.
Two-body pursuit problems always require two equations to be solved simultaneously for the unknowns.
Conceptual questions
When analyzing the motion of a single object, what is the required number of known physical variables that are needed to solve for the unknown quantities using the kinematic equations?
State two scenarios of the kinematics of single object where three known quantities require two kinematic equations to solve for the unknowns.
If the acceleration, time, and displacement are the knowns, and the initial and final velocities are the unknowns, then two kinematic equations must be solved simultaneously. Also if the final velocity, time, and displacement are the knowns then two kinematic equations must be solved for the initial velocity and acceleration.
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MB
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Shubhrant
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MB
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differentiate above equation w.r.t
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Shubhrant
Ok i got a question I'm not asking how gravity works. I would like to know why gravity works. like why is gravity the way it is. What is the true nature of gravity?
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a postmodernist would say that he did not discover them, he made them up and they're not actually a reality in itself, but a mere construct by which we decided to observe the word around us
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