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While running, a person dissipates about 0.6 J of mechanical energy per step per kilogram of body mass. If a 60-kg person runs with a power of 70 Watts during a race, how fast is the person running? Assume a running step is 1.5 m long.

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    70 J/s = (V/1.5)step/s*(0.6 J/step kg)*60 kg

    Solve for V in meters/s
    V = 70*1.5/(0.6*60) = 2.9 m/s

    That is a pretty slow speed for a runner. It's roughly 9 minutes miles... more like jogging.

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    Thank you!

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