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Question from Tania:

If a driver falls asleep at the wheel of a newer model car and slams into the rear of a parked classic mustang (2860-3280lb) and the parked car is thrown 100 ft across the street, what would be the minimum speed required by the newer car in order to move the mustang?

Hi Tania,

Accident reconstruction is not a simple task. You can obtain a glimpse of what is in involved by going to the Math Beyond School section of Math Central and typing the word accident into the search window.


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