Posted by John on Monday, February 25, 2008 at 2:32pm.
A power boat of mass 495 kg is cruising at a constant speed of 8.9 m/s. The propeller provides a drive force of 780 N. The driver of the boat shuts off the engine, and the boat coasts to a halt. Assumecontrary to factthat the resistive force due to the water is constant, independent of the boat's speed.
(a) How far does the boat coast?
m
(b) How much time does it take for the boat to come to rest after the engine is turned off?

Physics  drwls, Monday, February 25, 2008 at 3:06pm
a) Set F*X equal to the initial kinetic energy and solve for X. X is the distance and f is the friction force, which is here assumed to equal the propeller force while running at full speed, 780 N
b) Divide X by the average speed, V/2.
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