Posted by eddy on Thursday, February 18, 2010 at 7:52pm.
the driver of a 1200 kg car notices that the car slows from 20 m/s to 15 m/s as it coasts a distance of 130 m along level ground. how large a force opposes the motion? (book answer .81 kN )
can you help me plug the numbers into the correct formula to use for this question.

College Physics  bobpursley, Thursday, February 18, 2010 at 7:57pm
College physics is not about plugging numbers into the correct formula. It is about analyzing, and using a math model to predict an outcome.
Here energy comes to mind. Some force over some distance is absorbing kinetic energy from the car.
Intial KEFinalKE=Force*distance
1/2 mvi^21/2mvf^2=Force*130
solve for force.
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