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Basic Physic Head start

  1. Dec 16, 2003 #1
    I need to know where to start, any good books to help out I'm taking a self study course. I have some study guide from Army education center. I am waiting for video course show up.

    How long would it take for an object dropped from the Leaning Tower
    of Pisa height 54.6 meters to hit the ground?

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  3. Dec 16, 2003 #2
    u need to certain equations while solving kinematics problem

    here we have to connect displacement and time so the equation is

    [tex] x= x_0 + v_0t+(1/2)at^2[/tex]
  4. Dec 17, 2003 #3
    Physics 101

    I guess I should have mentioned that this is my first taking a physics course.

    I reviewed the text and came up with the folowing.

    t=d/v ave


    I came up with 17.4 seconds.
  5. Dec 17, 2003 #4
    Apply the formula which i have quoted i.e.
    [tex] x= x_0 + v_0t+(1/2)at^2[/tex]

    here x-x_0= - 54.4
  6. Dec 17, 2003 #5


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    Re: Physics 101

    This formula could be used, but to use it, you'd first have to find [itex]v_{\text{average}}[/itex], which is actually rather difficult to find.

    Futhermore, note that [itex] 9.8 m/s^2[/itex] is not a velocity, it's an acceleration. If you were to blindly perform this calculation, dividing "meters" by "meters per second squared," your anwer will be in "seconds squared" -- which is not the same as "seconds" at all!

    You should take himanshu's advice -- he is trying to teach you how to use the proper formula for the job.

    - Warren
  7. Dec 17, 2003 #6
    Thanks to all

    by himanshu121
    Apply the formula which i have quoted i.e.
    x= x_0 + v_0t+(1/2)at^2

    here x-x_0= - 54.4

    My text only includes a few formulas.
    This is my first course I learning distance study.
    this one looks like yours.

    d = v_i * t + 1/2 * a * t^2

    I used this formula:
    given v_i =0.0m/s
    d= -54.6m
    a= -9.8m/s^2

    I have to find t

    I now solve t= 3.3 s

    (thanks I read more now I understand to use - for doward motion)
  8. Dec 17, 2003 #7
    Yes its correct and is good u got the meaning for - sign
    Last edited: Dec 17, 2003
  9. Dec 19, 2003 #8


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    Integrate the velocity formula to get a distance formula

    [tex]\int V_f \,dt = \int V_i + at \,dt[/tex]

    [tex]d_f = d_i + \frac {1}{2} at^2[/tex]

    now rearrange

    [tex]\sqrt{\frac{2(d_f - d_i)}{a}} = t[/tex]

    [tex]\sqrt{\frac{2(54.6 - 0)}{9.81}} = 3.336s[/tex]

    3.336 s
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