Physics for Scientists and Engineers: A Strategic Approach with Modern Physics (4th Edition)

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ISBN 10: 0133942651
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Chapter 2 - Kinematics in One Dimension - Exercises and Problems - Page 59: 2


(a) average speed = 48.1 mph (b) average speed = 50 mph

Work Step by Step

(a) $t_1 = \frac{d}{v} = \frac{50~mi}{40~mph}$ $t_1 = 1.25~hours$ $t_2 = \frac{d}{v} = \frac{50~mi}{60~mph}$ $t_2 = 0.833~hours$ total time = $t_1+t_2$ total time = $1.25~h+0.833~h$ total time = $2.08~hours$ average speed = $\frac{100~mi}{2.08~hours}$ average speed = 48.1 mph (b) Let $t$ be the time spent driving at each speed. total distance = $40t+60t$ total time = $2t$ average speed = $\frac{40t+60t}{2t}$ average speed = 50 mph
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