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Homework Help: Physics

Posted by Zach on Monday, February 25, 2008 at 11:12pm.

A cyclist approaches the bottom of a gradual hill at a speed of 20 m/s. The hill is 4.4 m high, and the cyclist estimates that she is going fast enough to coast up and over it without peddling. Ignoring air resistance and friction, find the speed at which the cyclist crests the hill.

I posted this problem earlier and it was replied to with : The initial kinetic energy (1/2)M V^2 must equal or exceed the potential energy change at the top of the "hill", which is M g H.

Therefore V > sqrt (2 g H)

I was not able to find the correct answer.

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