I am having trouble with a physics problem. The problem is as follows:

A car is traveling at 54.0 mi/h on a horizontal highway.

A) If the coefficient of static friction between road and tires on a rainy day is 0.103, what is the minimum distance in which the car will stop?

B) What is the stopping distance when the surface is dry and µs = 0.595?

This is what I have so far for A)

fs = µs * Fn

Fn = Mg
fs = Ma

Ma = µs * Mg
a = µs * g

V = 54 - a * t
0 = 54 - a * t
t = 53.497 seconds

dist = 54*t - (a/2)*t^2
= 1444.42243 miles
= 2324572.57 meters

This is not the correct answer. Any help would me much appreciated.

  • $\begingroup$ Hi Patrick, and welcome to Physics Stack Exchange! What specifically do you think might be wrong with what you've done? $\endgroup$
    – David Z
    Commented Feb 21, 2012 at 2:13
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    $\begingroup$ It turns out my calculations are correct, but I didn't fully take units into consideration. As Akhmenteli pointed out, the cars speed is given in mi/hr and my answer is m/hr $\endgroup$ Commented Feb 21, 2012 at 2:49
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    $\begingroup$ OK, well just something to keep in mind for the future: we much prefer it if you ask a conceptual question (such as asking about something specific you think you might be doing wrong), don't just ask for people to check your work. $\endgroup$
    – David Z
    Commented Feb 21, 2012 at 2:55

2 Answers 2


The first issue I see: your speed is in miles/hour, and your time is in seconds.


$$a=\mu g$$

$u=86.4 \:\mathrm{km/hr}$

at stoppage,


we know that






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