hi,
I'm having a bit of trouble with the concept of constant acceleration.
If a car goes from 0 to 80 mph in six seconds with constant acceleration, what is that acceleration?
My initial thought was to take the change in velocity (80mph) and divide it by the change in time (6s). But I'm not really sure what constant acceleration means.
the answer should be in ft/sec^2. I tried converting everything to ft and sec, but I still couldn't get the right answer. Plz help . thank you.
I usually think of acceleration as such:
Let's say you're given a standard equaiton:
I'm going to let represent a position equation I can represent as .
So at the moment we have
Lets take the derivative of the two:
However, most people will call the velocity function of so I'll let :
Finally we repeat this step again and we have:
Once again I'm going to let , so:
This we denote as acceleration.
So here is the whole thing together:
s(x) being the position function (original function)
v(x) being the velocity function (first derivative)
a(x) being the acceleration function (second derivative)
This is just an idea to help you on acceleration.