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Fundamentals Of Physics
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A sprinter who weighs 670 N runs the first 7.0 m of a race in 1.6 s, starting from rest and accelerating uniformly. What are the sprinter’s

  1. Speed and
  2. Kinetic energy at the end of the 1.6 s ?
  3. What average power does the sprinter generate during the 1.6 s interval?

  1. The speed of the sprinter is 8.8 m/s .
  2. Sprinter’s kinetic energy is 2.6 kJ .
  3. Average power is 1.6 kW .
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Step by Step Solution

Step 1: Given data:

Distance, S = 7.0 m

Time t = 1.6 s

Force, F = 670 N

Initial velocity, v0=0

Step 2: To understand the concept:

Use the four equations of motion to solve such problems. Use the first and second equations of motion to get the value for acceleration and velocity accordingly.

The average power of the sprinter generated during the given time interval can be found by dividing the kinetic energy produced by the sprinter.


Equations of motion,

S= vt+12at2vf=v0+at

Here, S is the displacement, v is the average velocity, vf is the final velocity, v0 is the initial velocity, a is the acceleration, and t is time.

Kinetic energy is define by,


Here, m is the mass.

Average power is given by,


Step 3: (a) Calculate the sprinters speed:

From the equation of motion, you have

S=v0t+12at27.0 m=0+0.5×a×1.6 s2a=5.469 m/s2

Using the second equation of motion,

v=v0+at =0+5.469 m/s2×1.6 s =8.8m/s

Hence, the speed of the sprinter is 8.8 m/s .

Step 4: (b) Calculate the kinetic energy at the end of the 1.6 s :

You know that kinetic energy is,


But from Newton’s second law,

m=F/g =670 N9.8 m/s2 =68.36 kg

Therefore, the kinetic energy will be,

KE=0.5×68.36 kg×8.8 m/s2 =2617.18 J =2.6 kJ

Hence, the sprinter’s kinetic energy is 2.6 kJ.

Step 6: (c) Calculate the average power the sprinter generates during the 1.6s  interval:

Average power can be written as

Pavg=KEt =2617.18 J1.6 s =1635.74 W =1.6 kW

Hence, the average power is 1.6 W.

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