Mechanics: 1-Dimensional Kinematics
1-D Kinematics: Audio Guided Solution
Alexander's hobby is dirt biking. On one occasion last weekend, he accelerated from rest to 17.8 m/s/s in 1.56 seconds. He then maintained this speed for 9.47 seconds. Seeing a coyote cross the trail ahead of him, he abruptly stops in 2.79 seconds. Determine Alexander's average speed for this motion.
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Habits of an Effective Problem-Solver
- Read the problem carefully and develop a mental picture of the physical situation. If necessary, sketch a simple diagram of the physical situation to help you visualize it.
- Identify the known and unknown quantities in an organized manner. Equate given values to the symbols used to represent the corresponding quantity - e.g., vo = 0 m/s; a = 4.2 m/s/s; vf = 22.9 m/s; d = ???.
- Use physics formulas and conceptual reasoning to plot a strategy for solving for the unknown quantity.
- Identify the appropriate formula(s) to use.
- Perform substitutions and algebraic manipulations in order to solve for the unknown quantity.
Read About It!
Get more information on the topic of Kinematics at The Physics Classroom Tutorial.
- The Kinematic Equations
- Meaning of Slope for a v-t Graph
- Determining the Slope on a v-t Graph
- Determining the Area on a v-t Graph
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