Can you guys help me out converting m/s squared to m/s

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Can you guys help me out converting m/s squared to m/s

Postby davidz_g@hotmail.com » Sat Feb 12, 2005 8:01 am

Hey guys, i really need some help on this one. My physics professor wants us to convert meters per second squared into meters per second, but he forgot to tell us how to do it. My whole class is trying to figure this one out. Can you guys help me out here? I'd really appreciate it. My email is davidz_g@hotmail.com.

Thank you for your time.

David.
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Re: Can you guys help me out converting m/s squared to m/s

Postby Knight » Tue Feb 15, 2005 11:39 pm

davidz_g@hotmail.com wrote:Hey guys, i really need some help on this one. My physics professor wants us to convert meters per second squared into meters per second, but he forgot to tell us how to do it. My whole class is trying to figure this one out. Can you guys help me out here? I'd really appreciate it. My email is davidz_g@hotmail.com.

Thank you for your time.

David.
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Re: Can you guys help me out converting m/s squared to m/s

Postby SmarterThanKnight » Sat May 07, 2005 2:16 am

Although it's surely too late for poor David and his physics class... I feel obligated to correct Mr Knight's advice on "converting" m/s^2 to m/s for the sake of the rest of the 'net. It's sad, but dumb losers that stll live with their parents (like Knight) tend to be the ones giving out the bulk of the advice on the on the 'net. Let this be a lesson kiddies...

You can't convert m/s^2 to m/s... they're not the same quantity.
You can calculate m/s from m/s^2 if you have some additional information... which I'm sure you do if this is a physics problem.

m/s/s (or m/s^2... same thing) is a measure of acceleration or change in velocity... m/s is simply a unit of velocity (well it's really speed since we're working in 1 dimension). Anyway, if you want to get a speed from constant acceleration... you need to know two things the inital speed (can be positive or negative) and the time over which the acceleration occured (in units of seconds for this case). The formula is as follows:

Vf = Vi + A*t

where:

Vf is the final speed/velocity
Vi is the initial speed/velocity
A is the acceleration (m/s/s)
t is the time over which the acceleration occured

Be sure to use common units... in this case meters (m) and seconds (s)... and refrain from listening to advice from people like Knight. A good portion of his "answers" on this site are either over-simplified or just plain wrong.

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