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a particle moves in a straight line with a constant acceleration . it changes its velocity from 10 m/s to 20 m/s while passing through the distance 135 m in t second. the value of t is ?(option 1)9 2)10 3)1.8 4)12

Hello saroj,

I expect that you were given a set of 4 formulas often called parametric formulas or equations of motion. Some books may discuss them one at a time so they are not all on the same page. They are:

Vf = Vi + a*t
d = (Vi + Vf)*t/2
d = Vi*t + (1/2)*a*t^2
Vf^2 = Vi^2 + 2*a*d

Vf and Vi are final and initial velocity, a is acceleration, t is time, and d is distance. Most problems can be solved by choosing the appropriate formula. (But a carefully crafted question can force you to use 2 of them.) Look at the information you have and what you are asked for. You know Vi, Vf, and d. And you need to find t. Look at the 2nd of the formulas above. You know all the parameters in the formula, except t -- and t is what you need to find. Plug in the data and solve for t.

I hope this helps,


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