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The distince $x$ meters traveled by a vehical in time $t$ seconds after the brakes are applied is given by:$\;x=20 t-\large\frac{5}{3}$$t^{2}$. Determine the speed of the vehicle (in km/hr) at the instant the brakes are applied

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  • When a particle starts from rest,velocity v and time t are 0. When a particle is thrown up, it reaches maximum height at which $v=0$ and then falls back to earth. When a moving particle comes rest, $v=0$
$x=20t-\large\frac{5}{3}$$t^2$ when the brakes are applied
Velocity is $\large\frac{dx}{dt}$$=20- \large\frac{5}{3}$$ \times 2t$
$t=0$ When the brakes are applied.
The speed at $t=0$ is $20\;m/sec$


answered Jul 23, 2013 by meena.p

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