Airborne skier

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Homework Statement


A skier starts from rest at the top of a large hemispherical hill. Neglect friction and show that the skier will leave the hill becoming airborne at a distance of h=R/3 below the top of the hill. R is the radius of the hemispherical hill.


Homework Equations


Conservation of energy, balancing of forces, centripetal force = m(v2/r)


The Attempt at a Solution


I know this has to do with when the normal force becomes zero (or at least that's what I think). But I have no idea how to start this; can anyone point me in the right direction?
 

Answers and Replies

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You are on the right track.
 

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