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Old Jan 7th 2010, 01:20 PM   #1
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Rocket Problem

The rocket starts from rest at t = 0 and travels straight up. Its height above the ground as a function of time can be approximated by s = bt^2 + ct^3, where b and c are constants. At t = 10s, the rockets velocity and acceleration are v = 229 m/s and a = 28.2 m/s^2. Determine the time at which he rocket reaches supersonic speed (325 m/s). What is its altitude when that occurs.

Im not sure what to do with the s =bt^2 + ct^3 equation, and also don't know why I would need b and c as constants?
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Old Jan 7th 2010, 10:25 PM   #2
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a and b are constants given as part of the problem. You have to find their values to solve it.

Differentiate (take the derivative of) the s equation with respect to t

This will give you a v equation as v = ds/st = ...........
where v is the velocity.

In this equation, plug in the given values of v and t.

This will give you one equation relating a and b.

Now differentiate the v equation with respect to t

This will give give you the accln say A = dv/dt.

Plug in the value of t and A.

This gives you the second equation relating a and b.

Solve these two equations simultaneously to get a and b.

Put these back into the v equation and then find the time.

Use this value of time in the s equation to get altitude
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Old Jan 8th 2010, 12:51 AM   #3
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But where would the 325 m/s or the Supersonic speed Velocity play in?
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Old Jan 8th 2010, 04:49 AM   #4
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That is what was mentioned in this line

Put these back into the v equation and then find the time.

In the v eqn, put v = 325 m/s and solve for t since you know a and b.

Then use the t you found above in the s eqn to get s.
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