I just recently had a physics test (finished about an hour ago) and there was a question that I didn't know how to do. Here is the gist of the question:

A dude walks at a constant speed of 1.5 m/s. He goes up an escalator and it takes him 8 seconds to reach the top, he then continues on with his constant speed of 1.5 m/s, turns around and goes down the same escalator and it takes him 40 seconds. How fast is the escalator moving?

I got an answer of 0.3 m/s.

d = vt
d = (1.5)(8)
d = 12

d = vt
d = (1.5)(40)
d = 60

So the times and distances are a factor of 5 apart, so I divided the velocity by 5. Did I do this correctly?
Mate, its 42. Sorry.
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WRONG.

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it cant be, an esculator cant move at 42 m/s

and wont you need the height of the escalator?
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All that was given in the question was 1.5 m/s and the times going up and down.
Nope.

Will have to set it up as:

v=speed of escalator

d=(1.5+v)8
d=(1.5-v)40

You know both of those covers the same distance so you can set them equal.

(1.5+v)8=(1.5-v)40

and solve for v.

^ awesome, thank you
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Nope.

Will have to set it up as:

v=speed of escalator

d=(1.5+v)8
d=(1.5-v)40

You know both of those covers the same distance so you can set them equal.

(1.5+v)8=(1.5-v)40

and solve for v.

Nice work mate

and TS, what level phyics are you in?
How the **** did he get down the same escalator he came up? Did it magically change direction?
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How the **** did he get down the same escalator he came up? Did it magically change direction?

He is being rebellious by walking down the up escalator.....I think.
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He is being rebellious by walking down the up escalator.....I think.

we have a winner.
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He is being rebellious by walking down the up escalator.....I think.

Outrageous. The question should be rephrase to include the 'dude' getting arrested when he reaches the bottom, for public harassment and disturbing the peace, we wouldn't want the youths to be getting the wrong ideas now would we.
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Outrageous. The question should be rephrase to include the 'dude' getting arrested when he reaches the bottom, for public harassment and disturbing the peace, we wouldn't want the youths to be getting the wrong ideas now would we.

Endangering the public for the sake of physics experiments.

I wouldn't be surprised if this was an offence :