Here is the question:
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I get (a) 43.67m/s but for (b) I am completely thrown off by the instantaneous acceleration. I've been trying to do (b) for like a week so it would be greatly appreciated if someone could show me their work.
Any help would be GREATLY appreciated!
Thanks in advance!
Thanks! I'll try to over-analyze this problem later because my head is pounding at the moment but instead of 0 the velocity of when they are collide is 13.93m/s so I did (43.67^2 - 13.93^2)/(2*1) m/s^2 which is the right answer.
Edit: Ok so I re-analyzed the problem and it seems to me that we're trying to get as small an interval as possible for final and initial velocities (like the question states "Estimate ... ") and we're using kinematics to calculate that acceleration.
Wait isn't it supposed to be:
a = (13.93^2 - 43.67^2)/(2*1) ?
I know the magnitude of the answer is the same but the internet thing that my teacher has set up said the positive one is right. Is it just because it was asking for magnitude or because, the acceleration is supposed to be positive?