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Problem: An unmarked police car traveling a constant 95 km/h is passed by a speeder traveling 135 km/h. Precisely 1.00 s after the speeder passes, the police officer steps on the accelerator; if the police car’s acceleration is 2.00 m/s2, how much time passes before the police car overtakes the speeder (assumed moving at constant speed)?

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An unmarked police car traveling a constant 95 km/h is passed by a speeder traveling 135 km/h. Precisely 1.00 s after the speeder passes, the police officer steps on the accelerator; if the police car’s acceleration is 2.00 m/s2, how much time passes before the police car overtakes the speeder (assumed moving at constant speed)?

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