# a particle moves with the position function s = t^4 - 4t^3 - 20t^2 + 20t    t  is greater than or equal to 0at what time does the particle have a velocity of 20m/s? at what time is the...

a particle moves with the position function

s = t^4 - 4t^3 - 20t^2 + 20t    t  is greater than or equal to 0

at what time does the particle have a velocity of 20m/s?

at what time is the accelleration 0?

what is the significance of this value of t?

jeew-m | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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`s(t) = t^4 - 4t^3 - 20t^2 + 20t`

The velocity function is given by the derivative of position function.

`v(t) = (ds(t))/dt`

`v(t) = 4t^3-12t^2-40t+20`

When the particle velocity is 20 then;

`v(t) = 20`

`4t^3-12t^2-40t+20 = 20`

`4t^3-12t^2-40t = 0`

`4t(t^2-3t-10) = 0`

`t(t^2-5t+2t-10) = 0`

`t[t(t-5)+2(t-5)] = 0`

`t(t-5)(t+2) = 0`

To satisfy the above equation;

`t = 0,5,-2`

Since `t>=0`; ` t = -2` is not an answer.

Therefore the velocity will be 20m/s when the time is 0 and 5 seconds.

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a(t) is the derivative of v(t).

Get the function of a(t) and find the time that a(t) = 0 by solving a(t) = 0 function. Remember `t>=0.`

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