Mechanics: 1-Dimensional Kinematics

1-Dimensional Kinematics: Audio Guided Solution

Extra Problem 15:

A red car is sitting at a stop light at rest. When the light turns green two things happen simultaneously; (1) the red car accelerates to a speed of 32.7 m/s in 8.48 seconds and then maintains that 32.7 m/s speed and (2) a blue car passes by the red car at a constant speed of 21.4 m/s. How much time (in seconds) will have elapsed from when the light turned green until the two cars are side-by-side?


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