suppose that the position of a particle as a function of time (in seconds) is given by the formula s(t)=6.5+4t^2-t^4,t>0 the time at which the velocity is zero is= ........ seconds the time at...

suppose that the position of a particle as a function of time (in seconds) is given by the formula s(t)=6.5+4t^2-t^4,t>0

the time at which the velocity is zero is= ........ seconds

the time at which the acceleration is zero is= ....... seconds

the time at which the velocity is maximum is=..... seconds

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The position function is given as `s(t)=6.5+4t^2-t^4` for t>0

The velocity function is the first derivative of the position function, and the acceleration function is the derivative of the velocity function (or the second derivative of the position function.)

`v(t)=s'(t)=8t-4t^3`

`a(t)=v'(t)=s''(t)=8-12t^2`

(a) The velocity is zero when `8t-4t^3=0`

`4t(2-t^2)=0 ==> 4t=0,2-t^2=0` Since t>0 we have `t=sqrt(2)~~1.41`

The velocity is zero at approximately 1.41 seconds.

(b) The acceleration is zero when `8-12t^2=0`

`t^2=2/3` . Since t>0 `t=sqrt(2/3)~~.82`

The acceleration is zero at approximately .82 seconds.

(c) The velocity is maximum when the acceleration is zero; since t>0 this only occurs at t approximately .82 seconds.

The position function in black, the velocity function in red, and the acceleration function in green:

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