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1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

"A monkey drops a banana. Its weight is 1N. It falls 3 metres to the ground. What is the speed of the falling banana just before it hits the ground?"

2. Relevant equations

Not sure, but I'm guessing I need to calculate the kinetic energy the banana gains (which was 3J) and the change in GPE (which was also 3J).

3. The attempt at a solution

My textbook says the answer is 7.8 m/s, but I have no idea why. As I've said above, I've worked out the change in GPE and kinetic energy the banana gains, but why is the answer 7.8 m/s and how are you supposed to arrive at this solution?

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# Homework Help: Calculating Speed of Falling Banana - Just Before it Hits Ground?

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