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What is the meaning of breaking distance?force and motion

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tamanim | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 2) Honors

Posted July 23, 2012 at 7:58 AM via web

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What is the meaning of breaking distance?

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wannam | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted July 24, 2012 at 7:25 PM (Answer #1)

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Braking distance refers to the amount of space it takes for a vehicle to come to a complete stop.  This distance varies greatly between different types of vehicles.  A train, for instance, takes almost a mile to stop.  The length, weight, and speed of a train make it difficult to stop.  The general rule of thumb for a standard sedan is one car length.  Again, the weight and speed of vehicle will play a major role in its ability to stop quickly.  The heavier and faster a vehicle is moving relates to the amount of inertia that vehicle has.  The greater the inertia the harder the brakes must work to halt the vehicle. 

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astrosonu | Student | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted July 23, 2012 at 10:29 AM (Answer #2)

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HELLO! This means the distance required for a vehicle moving at a specified velocity to come to a complete stop after its breaks have been activated.

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