posted by john .
in an air bag test a car traveling at 100km/h is remotely driven into a brick wall. suppose an identical car is dropped onto a hard surface. from what height would the car have to be dropped to have the same impact that with the brick wall?
100 km/h = 100000/3600 = 27.78 m/s
Equate kinetic energy to potential energy at equivalent height, h
mgh = (1/2)mv²