
Assuming proper operation of the brakes on a vehicle, the minimum stopping distance is the sum of the reaction distance and the braking distance. The reaction distance is the distance the car travels before the brakes are applied. The braking distance is the distance a car travels after the brakes are applied but before the car stops. A reaction time of 1.5 seconds is used in the graph.
Does the graph of the stopping distance appear to be linear or quadratic? Explain your reasoning. (See Example 3.)

The graph of the stopping distance appears to be quadratic. The stopping distance is clearly not linear, because the green graph is not a line.
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Assuming proper operation of the brakes on a vehicle, the minimum stopping distance is the sum of the reaction distance and the braking distance. The reaction distance is the distance the car travels before the brakes are applied. The braking distance is the distance a car travels after the brakes are applied but before the care stops. A reaction time of 1.5 seconds is used in the graph.
Does the graph of the reaction distance appear to be linear or quadratic? Explain your reasoning. (See Example 3.)
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Assuming proper operation of the brakes on a vehicle, the minimum stopping distance is the sum of the reaction distance and the braking distance.The reaction distance is the distance the car travels before the brakes are applied. The braking distance is the distance a car travels after the brakes are applied but before the car stops. A reaction time of 1.5 seconds is used in the graph.
Use the graph to predict the stopping distance at 90 miles per hour. (See Example 3.)

To predict the stopping distance at 90 miles per hour, extend the graph. The stopping distance is about 600 feet.
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Assuming proper operation of the brakes on a vehicle, the minimum stopping distance is the sum of the reaction distance and the braking distance. The reaction distance is the distance the car travels before the brakes are applied. The braking distance is the distance a car travels after the brakes are applied but before the car stops. A reaction time of 1.5 seconds is used in the graph.
The braking distance at 35 miles per hour is about 60 feet. Does this mean that the braking distance at 70 miles per hour is about 120 feet? Explain. (See Example 3.)
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The braking distance of a car depends on the friction between the tires and the road. The table shows the braking distance for a car on a slippery road at various speeds. Is the pattern quadratic? Explain. (See Example 4.)

To decide whether the data follows a quadratic pattern, enter it into a spreadsheet and compare the second differences. They are all equal. So, the pattern is quadratic.
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The braking distance of a car depends on the friction between the tires and the road. The table shows the braking distance for a car on a slippery road at various speeds. Graph the data in the table. Compare this graph to the graph from Exercises 710. (See Example 4.)
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