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The maximum speed of a bus is 72km/h, it accelerates uniformly at the rate of 1m/s^2 and retards uniformly at the rate of 4m/s^2. Find the least time in which it can do a journey of 1km ?

  • 11th Grade Physics - ,

    break the problem into three parts:

    accelerating, constant speed, deaccelerating.

    Let x be the accelerating distance, y be the constant speed distance, x/4 be the deaccelerating distance.


    1000=x+y+x/4 or 5x/4 +y=1000, or y= 1000-5x/4

    so solve for x first. 72km/hr = 20m/s
    Vf^2=2ad
    400=2*1*x or x=200 that leads to all the other distances.

    time= sum of distances divided by avg velocity during that time.

    time=200/10 +750/20 +50/10

    check my work.

  • 11th Grade Physics - ,

    The answer to this question is 62.5s. Can you please explain it properly what is that Vf^2 = 2ad

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