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Walking at a constant speed

Abdullah Qureshi

New member
Jan 30, 2021
16
John is walking at a constant speed in front of a motion sensor. After 1 s, she is 2.5m from the sensor, 2 s later, she is 4 m from the sensor.
a) Find an equation of in the form d=mt+b
b) Determine the slope and d intercept and explain what they mean
c) How far will John be from the sensor 5s after he begins walking?
 

skeeter

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MHB Math Helper
Mar 1, 2012
981
distance from the sensor is a function of time in seconds

$d(1) = 2.5 \, m$
$d(1+2) = d(3) = 4 \, m$

slope, $m = \dfrac{\Delta d}{\Delta t} \, m/s$

see what you can do from here ...
 

Country Boy

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MHB Math Helper
Jan 30, 2018
802
Equivalently, since you are told that d= mt+ b, when t= 1, d= 2.5, so 2.5= m+ b and when m= 3, d= 4 so 4= 3m+ b.

Solve the two equations, m+ b= 2.5 and 3m+ b= 4, for m and b. I suggest you subtract the first equation from the second to eliminate b.