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# Determine relative speed of train collision

Anonymous
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2 weeks ago
 Determine relative speed of train collision You're an investigator for the National Transportation Safety Board, examining a subway accident in which a train going at 82 km/h collided with a slower train traveling in the same direction at 26 km/h. Your job is to determine the relative speed of the collision to help establish new crash standards. The faster train's "black box" shows that its brakes were applied and it began slowing at the rate of 2.1 m/s^2 when it was 42 m from the slower train, while the slower train continued at constant speed. Read 89 times 3 Replies

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Educator
2 weeks ago Edited: 2 weeks ago, bio_man
Anonymous Author
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2 weeks ago
 Would the answer be the two velocities subtracted by each other as it is asking for relative speed of the collision? thanks for the help
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Educator
2 weeks ago Edited: 2 weeks ago, bio_man
 No, you pick the most reasonable time value. These values are telling you the time when the two trains will collide. It makes sense to pick the larger one because if you pick the shorter time, that means the faster train almost immediately hits the slower one that was initially 42 meters ahead.
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