Stopping Distance

Written by Jerry Ratzlaff on . Posted in Classical Mechanics

When a vehicle is moving at a certain velocity then has to come to a complete stop, the distance from applying the brakes to complete stop is the stopping distance. 

Stopping Distance formula

\(\large{ d = \frac { v^2 } { 2 \mu g }   }\)

Where:

\(\large{ d }\) = stopping distance

\(\large{ v }\) = velocity

\(\large{ \mu }\) = friction coefficient

\(\large{ g }\) = gravitational acceleration