# On a spacecraft two engines fire for a time of 532 s. One gives the craft an acceleration in the x direction of ax = 4.92 m/s2, while the other produces an acceleration in the y direction of ay = 7.16 m/s2. At the end of the firing period, the craft has velocity components of vx = 3743 m/s and vy = 4808 m/s. Calculate the magnitude of the initial velocity.

Displacement, Velocity and Acceleration

In classical mechanics, kinematics deals with the motion of a particle. It deals only with the position, velocity, acceleration, and displacement of a particle. It has no concern about the source of motion.

Linear Displacement

The term "displacement" refers to when something shifts away from its original "location," and "linear" refers to a straight line. As a result, “Linear Displacement” can be described as the movement of an object in a straight line along a single axis, for example, from side to side or up and down. Non-contact sensors such as LVDTs and other linear location sensors can calculate linear displacement. Non-contact sensors such as LVDTs and other linear location sensors can calculate linear displacement. Linear displacement is usually measured in millimeters or inches and may be positive or negative.

On a spacecraft two engines fire for a time of 532 s. One gives the craft an acceleration in the x direction of ax = 4.92 m/s2, while the other produces an acceleration in the y direction of ay = 7.16 m/s2. At the end of the firing period, the craft has velocity components of vx = 3743 m/s and vy = 4808 m/s. Calculate the magnitude of the initial velocity.

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