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After 35 minutes of jogging, at the 9-km point in a total 10-km race, jogger 1 is behind the leader and moving at the same speed. What would have to be your accelearation in order to catch up to the finish line? Assuming the leader maintains a constant speed the rest of the race.

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    1 what behind the leader? 1 km? I will assume so. After 35 minutes, runner 1 would then have 1 km to go and runner 2 would have 2 km to go. The race will be over in 1 km/(9 km/35 min) = 35/9 = 3.89 minutes. Runner 2 must have an average speed over the last 2 km of
    2km/3.59 min = 0.557 km/min to catch up. He started the "finishing kick" at a speed of 8 km/35 min = 0.229 km/min and will have to end it at 0.656 km/min. Such a speed is not humanly possible.

    I will leave you to compute the required acceleration. (A 0.427 km/min increase in speed in 3.89 minutes)

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