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Classical Mechanics

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Relative Motion: Accelerated vs. Constant Motion

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Two bicyclists are competing in a $500\text{ m}$ race. Bicyclist A rides the entire distance at a constant $11\text{ m/s}$ while Bicyclist B starts from rest and accelerates at a constant $1.1\text{ m/s}^2$.

Where does Bicyclist B pass Bicyclist A?

A

Bicyclist B passes Bicyclist A $20\text{ m}$ before the finish line.

B

Bicyclist B passes Bicyclist A $20\text{ m}$ after the finish line.

C

Bicyclist B passes Bicyclist A $220\text{ m}$ before the finish line.

D

Bicyclist B passes Bicyclist A $280\text{ m}$ before the finish line.

E

Bicyclist B passes Bicyclist A $220\text{ m}$ after the finish line.