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Raymond A. Serway + 1 other
ISBN: 9781305952300

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11th Edition
Raymond A. Serway + 1 other
ISBN: 9781305952300
Textbook Problem

An ant crawls on the floor along the curved path shown in Figure P3.4. The ant’s positions and velocities are indicated for times ti = 0 and tf = 5.00 s. Determine the x- and y-components of the ant’s (a) displacement, (b) average velocity, and (c) average acceleration between the two times.

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Figure P3.4

(a)

To determine
The x and y components of the ant’s displacement.

Explanation

Given info: The final x coordinate of the ant’s position is 0.400m , the initial x coordinate of the ant’s position is 0.100m , the final y coordinate of the ant’s position is 0.350m and the initial y coordinate of the ant’s position is 0.150m .

Explanation:

The x component of the ant’s displacement is,

Δx=xfxi

  • xf is the final x coordinate
  • xi is the initial x coordinate

Substitute 0.100m for xi and 0.400m for xf .

Δx=0.400m0.100m=0

(b)

To determine
The x and y components of the ant’s average velocity.

(c)

To determine
The x and y components of the ant’s average acceleration.

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