College Physics

10th Edition
Raymond A. Serway + 1 other
Publisher: Cengage Learning
ISBN: 9781285737027



College Physics

10th Edition
Raymond A. Serway + 1 other
Publisher: Cengage Learning
ISBN: 9781285737027
Chapter 3, Problem 45AP
Textbook Problem

How long does it take ail automobile traveling in the left lane of a highway at 60.0 km/h to overtake (become even with) another car that is traveling in the right lane at 40.0 km/h when the cars’ front bumpers are initially 100 m apart?

To determine
The time taken for the automobile to overtake another car.

Explanation of Solution

The velocity of the faster car relative to the slower car is,



vFE is the velocity of the faster car relative to Earth

vSE is the velocity of the slower car relative to Earth

Substitute 60.0km/h for vFE and 40.0km/h for vSE .



The time taken for the faster car to move 100m closer to the slower car is,



d is the distance travelled

Substitute 100m for d and 20

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