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A car driver going at speed v suddenly finds a wide wall at a distance r.Should he apply brakes or turn the car in a circle of radius r to avoid hitting the wall?

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6 years ago

Vasantha Kumari
38 Points
```							Let us analyse the current situation in two aspects:Car Turning in a Circle:In this case speed does not change but velocity is changing and given by acceleration,a = v2/rHere, the needed acceleration for the car driver to avoid the wall in front is the square of the speed divided by the radius which is just the initial distance to the wall.Car Applying Brakes:Here, velocity does not change but the speed changes. So, if a is the acceleration, v0 the initial velocity, t the elapsed time thenx = 1/2 at2 + v0t + x0...(1)and velocityv = at +v0 ...(1)If tf is the time corresponding to when car stopped,eqn(2) becomestf= –v0/a...(3)putting (3) in (1), we havea = –v02 / 2r ...(4)So, when you compare acceleration for the car driver taking curve, it is double than when he applies brakes.Hence, it is better the car driver applies brakes to avoid hitting the wallThanks
& Regards,

Vasantha Sivaraj,

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6 years ago
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