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An object is dropped from ret from a height of 39.4m. What is its average acceleration (assumed to be constant) if it hits the ground with a speed of 1.61m/s?

My quesion is, is a not 9.8 since gravity is acting on the object.

  • physics -

    v = √(2as)
    1.61 = √(2*a*39.4)
    a 0.0329

    Obviously not on earth, or there is a major updraft.

    On earth the velocity would be much more than 1.61 m/s.

  • physics -

    (1/2) m v^2 = m g h
    so
    v^2/2 = 1.61^2 / 2 = 1.296 m^2/s^2

    so
    g = 1.296/39.4
    = .0329 m/s^2
    must be a balloon :)

    alternate way
    if acceleration is constant then average v = 1.61/2 = .805 m/s
    time = 39.4 / .805 = 48.9 seconds
    change in v/time = average acceleration = 1.61 / 48.9 = .0329 m/s^2 same answer

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