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Problem: A 1/4 mile drag race is going to occur between a Porsche GT3 and a Ferrari F430. The Porsche is the faster car, able to accelerate across a 1/4 mile at about 6.5 m/s2, which the Ferrari can only accelerate across the same stretch at about 5.8 m/s2. At the start of the drag race, though, the driver of the Ferrari gets off the line faster than the Porsche, by about 0.5 s. Is this enough of a head start for the Ferrari to win? Note that 1/4 mile is about 400 m.

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A 1/4 mile drag race is going to occur between a Porsche GT3 and a Ferrari F430. The Porsche is the faster car, able to accelerate across a 1/4 mile at about 6.5 m/s2, which the Ferrari can only accelerate across the same stretch at about 5.8 m/s2. At the start of the drag race, though, the driver of the Ferrari gets off the line faster than the Porsche, by about 0.5 s. Is this enough of a head start for the Ferrari to win? Note that 1/4 mile is about 400 m.

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