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A 57.8 kg pole-vaulter falls from rest from a height of 5.4 m onto a foam-rubber pad. The pole-vaulter comes to rest 0.25 s after landing on the pad.

(a) Calculate the athlete's velocity just before reaching the pad.
______ m/s downward

(b) Calculate the constant force exerted on the pole-vaulter due to the collision.
_________N upward

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    (1/2) m v^2 = m g h
    so
    v = sqrt (2 g h)

    Force = rate of change of momentum (m a in the limit as t-->0 and with constant m)
    F = change in momentum/change in time
    = m v /t

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