# Free falling object

1. a free falling skydiver reaches a terminal velocity of 65m/s before opening his parachute.the parachute can provide a deceleration of 30m/[s[2]. a parchutist cannot hit the ground at a speed greater than 5m/s without risking injury. what is the minimum height at which the skydiver can open his parachute?

2. anyone can gives me some guidelines to do this question. because i dont understand what the question talking about. i dont know where i should start.

## The Attempt at a Solution

Basically they want you to calculate from what height your final velocity will be 5m/s, assuming an initial velocity of 65m/s and an acceleration of -30m/s.

i used this formula [v[/2] = 2] + 2as
then how?

I get 70m too. Might be a mistake in the answers?

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Hi stupif! Welcome to PF!

And it's nice that the parachute gives a deceleration of 30 m/s2, but did you consider that gravity still accelerates you down with 9.81 m/s2?

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did you consider that gravity still accelerates you down with 9.81 m/s2?

I need more sleep. I think my brain has melted from exam study. :)

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I need more sleep. I think my brain has melted from exam study. :)

Well get some sleep and report back!

so how to solve this question~i think about it day and night~haha

Okay. I'll summarize everything we know and then you should be able to work this out.

$g \approx 9.81ms^{-2}$
$a_{parachute} = -30ms^{-2}$
$v_{0} = 65ms^{-1}$
$v_{f} = 5ms^{-1}$

The net acceleration will be $a_{parachute} + g$. Notice that the acceleration of gravity is in opposite direction to the acceleration of the parachute.

This leaves you with one unknown. The distance over which this acceleration needs to act to slow you down from $65ms^{-1}$ to $5ms^{-1}$.

You have a formula to do this.

:)

thank you very much~i got it