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Posted by on Saturday, October 1, 2011 at 11:36pm.

The tallest volcano in the solar system is the 18 km tall Martian volcano, Olympus Mons. An astronaut drops a ball off the rim of the crater and that the free fall acceleration of the ball remains constant throughout the ball’s 18 km fall at a value of 4.4 m/s2. (We assume that the crater is as deep as the volcano is tall, which is not usually the case in nature.)
Find the time for the ball to reach the crater floor.
Answer in units of s

  • physics - , Sunday, October 2, 2011 at 12:34am

    Kinematic Equation d = Vi*t + 1/2a*t^2
    Vi = Initial Velocity
    d = distance traveled
    a = acceleration
    t = time

    Since Vi is 0(he drops it).
    -Also converted 18 km to 18000m

    18000 = 0 + 1/2(4.4)*t^2
    18000 = 2.2*t^2
    (18000/2.2) = t*2
    (18000/2.2)^1/2 = t
    t = 90s

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