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Homework Help: Bungee Jump Issue

  1. Nov 2, 2008 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    Typical bungee jumper. Rope has natural length h, spring constant k, man has mass m.

    The safety limit for the max acceleration of the man is 3g. Derive an expression for x double dot, and show mg *greater or same than* kh/4

    2. Relevant equations
    Well I'm sure everyone knows them
    I'm confused about Elastic Energy (kx^2) and Elastic Potential Energy (kx^2/2l), which do I use?

    3. The attempt at a solution
    I'm got four pages of working but not get where I want.
    The acceleration (a) isn't constant, so are we trying to get an expression for a in terms of time or string extension...

    At a random point after the rope has started extending mg - T = ma. so mg - kx/h = ma
    so rearrange for acceleration... but then the x won't cancel and I can't show what I was asked too...

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  3. Nov 2, 2008 #2


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    Welcome to PF!

    Hi Aihara! Welcome to PF! :smile:

    (You won't need energy, only force)

    why should the x cancel? :confused:

    a = x'', so you should get an equation relating x'' and x …

    then solve it. :smile:
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