1. ## Simple mechanics question

This is a basic physics question off an earlier version of an entry exam that I will have to pass for my life to have any meaning. The test has questions on biology, math, chemistry and physics. This is the first physics question, the warm-up. and either I cant even do that or there is a mistake.

I'm concerned that the correct answer is not provided in the multiple choice.

A sprinter has to run 100 meter.

During the first 1.250 seconds, he constantly accelerates with 8.0 meters per second^2.

After that his speed remains constant until the finish.

How long does he take to run the 100 meters?

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My answer was he accelerates by 8.0 meters per second^2 for 1.250 seconds, so after 1.250 seconds he is moving at 10 meters per second.

his average speed during the first 1.250 seconds is 4.0 meters per second.
so after 1.250 seconds he has travelled 5 meters, and has 95 meters to go.

He does these 95 meters with 10 meters/second, so it takes him 9.5 seconds.

Therefor the total time it takes him to travel the 100 meters, =
9.5 + 1.250 = 10.75 seconds.

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However the answers to choose from are
A> 10.000 s
B> 10.250 s
C> 10.455 s
D> 10.625 s

Did I make a mistake?
or
Is there really a mistake in such an important test?
Both would be rediculous.

2. Ah I got it.
another guy explained it to me.

The average speed during the first 1.250 seconds is 5.0 m/s, not 4
after all the acceleration may be 8.0 m/s^2 but the speed reached is 10.0 m/s.

This is just because we always got round numbers in HS. I'm too much of a coward to take responsibility for this one.

3. Originally Posted by Reinier
This is a basic physics question off an earlier version of an entry exam that I will have to pass for my life to have any meaning.

Your whole personal realisation is dependent on one exam? What will you do if you fail?

4. Originally Posted by Reinier
Ah I got it.
another guy explained it to me.

The average speed during the first 1.250 seconds is 5.0 m/s, not 4
after all the acceleration may be 8.0 m/s^2 but the speed reached is 10.0 m/s.

This is just because we always got round numbers in HS. I'm too much of a coward to take responsibility for this one.
The other guy is right.

5. yeah come on, that was easy. lol, anyways, what are you taking this test for?

6. Originally Posted by restless
Your whole personal realisation is dependent on one exam? What will you do if you fail?
He'll move to the US, become a Republican, and start a company.

7. Originally Posted by restless
Your whole personal realisation is dependent on one exam? What will you do if you fail?
overstatement.
Its the first phys ques on an entry exam for belgium med.

8. Originally Posted by Paul Stagg
He'll move to the US, become a Republican, and start a company.
No, I'll get educated, be left wing and make money and work for tax dollars

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