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Dr Evil( Straight line motion)

  1. Jan 21, 2013 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    A helicopter carrying Dr. Evil takes off with a constant upward acceleration of 5.0m/s^2. Secret agent Austin Powers jumps on just as the helicopter lifts off the ground. After the two men struggle for 10.0s , Powers shuts off the engine and steps out of the helicopter. Assume that the helicopter is in free fall after its engine is shut off and ignore effects of air resistance

    A What is the maximum height above the ground reached by the helicopter?

    B Powers deploys a jet pack strapped on his back 7.0 seconds after leaving the helicopter, and then he has constant downward acceleration with magnitude 2.0m/s^(2). How far is powers above the ground when the helicopter crashes into the ground?

    2. Relevant equations

    y=yo+vo*t + 1/2*a*t^(2)

    Vy=Vo +a*t

    vy^(2)=vo^(2) + 2a(y-yo)

    3. The attempt at a solution

    y=yo+vo*t + 1/2*a*t^(2)

    vy=5.0m/s^(2) * 10=50m/s

    vy^(2)=vo^(2) + 2a(y-yo)

    y=127.4209m + 250m =380m

    For part B though I was a bit confused with a part.
    This is what I have

    y=yo+vo*t + 1/2*a*t^(2)

    y=250m + 50m/s*7s + 1/2*(-9.81m/s^(2)) * 49s^(2)

    Here is where I am confused
    In the problem it says this:
    After the two men struggle for 10.0s , Powers shuts off the engine and steps out of the helicopter

    at 10 seconds the helicopter is 250m above the ground and at that point powers leaves the helicopter right? How did his height from the ground increase to 359.655m? Did shutting off the engine take some time?
    Last edited: Jan 21, 2013
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  3. Jan 21, 2013 #2


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    What is the question at all?

    When stepping out of the helicopter, the man has the same upward velocity as that of the helicopter. So it will rise for a while.

  4. Jan 21, 2013 #3
    I forgot to add the questions ha sorry. There up there now.
  5. Jan 22, 2013 #4


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    So both the helicopter and Powers will rise for a while after the powers are shut off.

  6. Jan 22, 2013 #5
    Got it and thank you.
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