11th Grade Physics
posted by Praveen on .
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 ?

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= 10005x/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. 
The answer to this question is 62.5s. Can you please explain it properly what is that Vf^2 = 2ad