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Feb708, 10:23 PM

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A ball of mass .5 kg is dropped from a height of 5 m. What is the greatest velocity it will have just before hitting the ground?
vf squared = vi squared + 2ad vf squared = 0 squared + 2(9.8)(5) vf = 9.8 m/s So the greatest velocity is 9.8 m/s, right? I am still very confuzzled and I think this is the right answer because where did the mass go? Or it doesn't even matter? Can someone verify? Thanks! 


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Feb708, 10:55 PM

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Yes. Mass does not matter in the free fall under gravity. All the body get accelerated equally.



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Feb708, 10:57 PM

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Welcome to the forums! No, mass doesn't matter. The acceleration downwards is g, independent of mass, ask Galileo. It's a purely kinematical problem.



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Feb708, 11:00 PM

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Mass and free fall question
Thanks! So is my answer correct?



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Feb708, 11:07 PM

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Approximately, yes. I would round the answer to 9.9m/sec. But that's a detail.



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Feb708, 11:08 PM

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Sweet! Thanks!



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Feb708, 11:14 PM

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I don't know why the question had mass in it. Trick question or something haha.



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Feb708, 11:29 PM

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In real world problems YOU have to figure out what's important and what isn't. It's just practice.



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