Posted by Soph on .
Jack is 12m from the bus and is running towards the bus at a constant 4.0m/s. If the bus accelerates away from the bus stop at .8m/s^2, can he catch the bus? If so where?
Vi= initial velocity
vf=final velocity
a= acceleration
d=distance
t=time
I found out that it takes Jack 3 seconds to reach where the bus was originally at the 12m. But after that i have no clue how to finish it.

Physics? clueless on what to do 
Damon,
bus goes distance d
Jack goes distance (d+12)
d = (1/2) a t^2 = .4 t^2
d+12 = 4 t so d = 4 t  12
4 t  12 = .4 t^2
.4 t^2  4 t + 12 = 0
t = [ 4 +/ sqrt (16 .16*12) / .8
t = [ 4 +/ 3.75 ] /.8
t = 9.69 or .313
the .313 solution is impossible because he has not run 12 meters by then
so he catches the bus after 9.69 seconds.