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QUESTION: A car starting from rest acquires a velocity 180 m s ^-1 in 0.05 h . Find the acceleration.

ANSWER: Hello astina,

Acceleration = change in velocity / elapsed time
That formula gives average acceleration. If the acceleration is constant during the time period, the formula gives the car's acceleration at any moment during the 0.05 h period. (We don't have any information about that, so I guess we should call our result the average acceleration.)

So the car's
average acceleration = (180 m/s - 0) / 0.05 h = 3600 m/s.h

Those units are valid, but unconventional. Generally we want acceleration with units of m/s^2. So perhaps conversion to the normal units would be good. Note that an hour contains 3600 seconds.

3600 m/s.h * 1 h/3600 s = 1 m/s^2

I hope this helps,

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QUESTION: A car travels 100 m with a constant accerleration  and average velocity of 20 ms^-1.the final velocity acquired  by the car is 25 ms^-1.find : (1)the initial velocity of the bus (2)the distance travelled by bus during this time.

Hello again astina,

1. You can find the time required to travel those 100 m using the average velocity.
Vave = d/t
Solve for t and plug in 25 ms^-1 and 100 m for Vave and d.

Then use the kinematic formula
d = ((Vi + Vf)/2)*t
Plug in 25 ms^-1 for Vf and solve for Vi.

2. The distance traveled was given -- 100 m.

I hope this helps,


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