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A car is speeding at 33.4 m/s. A police car starts in pursuit from rest when the car is 100 m past the cruiser. At what rate must the cruiser accelerate to catch the speeder before the state line, 1.2 km away from the speeding car?

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    d = r*t = 1200 m.
    33.4t = 1200,
    t = 1200 / 33.4 = 35.93 s. = Time to reach state line.

    Dt = 100 + 1200 = 1300 m. = Dist. the
    trooper must travel to reach state line.

    Dt = 0.5a*t^2 = 1300 m.
    0.5a*(35.93)^2 = 1300,
    0.5a*1291 = 1300,
    645.5a = 1300,
    a = 1300 / 645.5 = 2.014 m/s^2.

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