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Calculate the acceleration due to gravity

  1. Mar 20, 2007 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    density, ρ of the rock is 4000 kg m−3 and that this density is uniform throughout. You have equipment that enables you to measure the time it takes for a small object to fall from rest through a distance of 2.00 m. Your measurement is 8.0 s.

    (a) Calculate the acceleration due to gravity ga at the surface of the rock.
    ga is constant for the drop in the experiment


    2. Relevant equations

    t=8
    ρ=4000
    s=2
    a=?

    s=ut+1/2 at2

    3. The attempt at a solution

    well i cant work out the acceleration as i dont know the velocity.
    Need help on this...
     
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  3. Mar 20, 2007 #2

    Dick

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    It says "fall from rest". What does this tell you about the initial velocity?
     
  4. Mar 20, 2007 #3
    t=8
    ρ=4000
    s=2
    a=?
    u=0

    s=ut+1/2 at2
    2= 32 a
    a=0.0625 m/s2
     
  5. Mar 20, 2007 #4

    Dick

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    Sure, looks fine.
     
  6. Apr 16, 2007 #5
    to how many significant figues should i give the answer to.....
    if i have been given time and distance to 3.s.f...should i also give the final answer to s.3.f?
     
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