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Homework Help: Calculating Force - Basketball player landing from a jump

  1. May 6, 2017 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    Ok, relatively simple question here, but I have a newb doubt....

    "A basketball player with a mass of 112kg can jump 0.92 m into the air during a slam dunk competition. Calculate the force that pulls the player back towards the floor."

    2. Relevant equations
    ## \vec f = m \vec g##

    3. The attempt at a solution
    Is the 0.92 m height a red herring distraction?

    If so it's just a straightforward 112 kg x 9.8 m/s^2 = 1098 N answer.

    Am I correct to ignore the 0.92 m height?

    Apologies in advance for such a basic question.
  2. jcsd
  3. May 6, 2017 #2
    It is absolutely a red herring. The force of gravity on the player close to the surface of the earth is always his mass multiplied by [itex]g[/itex].
  4. May 6, 2017 #3
    Thank you very much for your patient reply.
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