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# Answer to Question #6477 in Mechanics | Relativity for ahmed

Question #6477
A sprinter accelerates from rest to her top velocity at a rate of 3.80m/s2. After reaching her top velocity, she runs the remainder of the race at constant velocity. She completes the 50.00m long race in 7.88s . How far does the sprinter run while she is accelerating ?
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2012-02-16T09:16:19-0500
Let's denote the acceleration time by Ta. Then

S = a*Ta&sup2;/2 + (a*Ta)*(T-Ta)

or

50 = 3.8*Ta&sup2;/2 + 3.8*Ta*(7.88-Ta);

1.9Ta&sup2; - 3.8Ta&sup2; + 29.944Ta - 50 = 0;

1.9Ta&sup2; - 29.944T + 50 = 0.

We've got a quadratic equation. It's solutions are

Ta1 &asymp; 13.8615
Ta2 &asymp; 1.8985

Ta1 is greater than 7.88, so we choose Ta = Ta2.

So, the sprinter runs Sa = a*Ta&sup2;/2 = 3.8*1.8985&sup2;/2 = 6.8480 m while she is accelerating.

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