anonymous
  • anonymous
Find the acceleration in g: A test of the prototype of a new automobile shows that the minimum distance for a controlled stop from 99 km/h to zero is 59 m. Find the acceleration, assuming it to be constant as a fraction of the free-fall acceleration. The acceleration due to gravity is 9.81 m/s^2. Answer in units of g.
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anonymous
  • anonymous
I've been trying to solve this for an hour now, and I know I'm using the right equation, I just feel like the units are probably messing me up. I've used v^2=vi^2 + 2ay, and plugged this in 0^2=99^2+2a(.059). I changed 59m to .059 kilometers so it'd be the same as 99 km/h, but is that the right conversion even? Even then I get -83059.32203 km/h^2, then convert it to m/s^2 and get -23072.0339 m/s^2. Then I divide it by 9.81 to get it into g's and get -2351.889 g but that is wrong. What am I doing wrong?
Shane_B
  • Shane_B
When doing kinematics problems I prefer converting to m/s first:\[99km/hr = 27.5m/s\]Using the equation you get:\[V_f^2=V_i^2+2ad\]\[(0m/s)^2=(27.5m/s)^2+2a(59m)\]\[a = -6.4089 m/s^2\] Convert that to a fraction of g:\[\frac{-6.41m/s^2}{-9.81m/s^2}=\text{~}0.65g\]
anonymous
  • anonymous
That seems correct, and I get your thinking but it says the answer is wrong. Although, the second part of the question I have to solve for how long it'll take the car to stop in seconds, and I used the acceleration of -6.4 and got the correct time amount. It may just be the question though, I'm not sure. Thank you so much! Those conversions always get me.

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Shane_B
  • Shane_B
It may just be a difference in significant digits but I'm glad I could help :)

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