posted by nelly .
An engineer in a locomotive sees a car stuck on the track at a railroad crossing in front of the train. When the engineer first sees thecar, the locomotive is 310 m from the crossingand its speed is 10 m/s.If the engineerâ€™s reaction time is 0.39 s,what should be the magnitude of the minimum deceleration to avoid an accident?Answer in units of m/s2.
D = 310 m -10m/s *0.39s = 306.1 m
after reaction time.
D = v * t
306.1 = 10m/s * t
t = 30.61s = time to reach stalled car.
Deceleration must reduce velocity to
0 in 30.6 s or less.
Deceleration = (Vt - Vo) / t =
(0 - 10m/s) / 30.61s = -0.327m/s^2.