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If you were to jump from an airplane at an altitude of 15000 ft. and fall toward the Earth at 100 mph how long would it take to reach the surface?

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  1. time= distance/velocity

  2. Your velocity would not remain constant.

    Your velocity would increase by 32.2 ft./sec./sec. = 32.2 ft./sec/^2

    The time to reach the ground (ignoring the earth;s curvature) derives from h = Vot + gt^2 where Vo = the initial vertical velocity = 0, g = the acceleration due to gravity, 32.2 ft./sec.^2, and t = the time to impact.

    Therefore, 15,555(5280) = 32,2t^2 making t = sqrt(15000(5280)/32.2)

    This, of course, ignores atmosheric drag and terminal velocity.

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