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Energy of a human climbing up stairs

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Homework Statement


According to the "internet", the efficiency of humans to climb stairs is about 25%. How much energy does a person weighing 80kg use to climb from the 4 flights (12.95m total) floor of the von Haast building?


Homework Equations


change in potential energy of a system is = mg(zfinal-zinitial)

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How much times the change in potential energy does the human need, if one quarter of his work will become potential energy?
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Simon Bridge
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Welcome to PF;
Do you know what "efficiency" means?
Where did you get the 25% figure?

It is consistent with text books - at 20-30% being the usual range quoted.
That is very efficient for an engine... though you only get that by climbing fastish: about 50 or so steps per min.
(Textbook of Work Physiology: Physiological Bases of Exercise p69, 2003 by Per-Olof Åstrand et al.)
 

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