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Homework Help: Impulse-Momentum Theorem

  1. Jun 19, 2009 #1
    When jumping straight down, you can be seriously injured if you land stiff-legged. One way to avoid injury is to bend your knees upon landing to reduce the force of the impact. A 68.4-kg man just before contact with the ground has a speed of 4.99 m/s. (a) In a stiff-legged landing he comes to a halt in 4.09 ms. Find the magnitude of the average net force that acts on him during this time. (b) When he bends his knees, he comes to a halt in 0.296 s. Find the magnitude of the average net force now. (c) During the landing, the force of the ground on the man points upward, while the force due to gravity points downward. The average net force acting on the man includes both of these forces. Taking into account the directions of the forces, find the magnitude of the force applied by the ground on the man in part (b).
    2. (EF)= (-m X Vo)/ delta t

    I got a) 83451.34 and b)1153.09 but I dont know what to do for c)
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  3. Jun 19, 2009 #2
    J ≡ Pf - Pi = Faverage*Δt
    The formula you used is correct, but remember the original form, where Pf =/= 0 for future problems.

    Your answers for (a) and (b) are correct.

    For (c), make a free body diagram of the man as he impacts the ground (Remember, he's being decelerated from 4.99 m/s). What forces are acting on him, what is the net force, and what is the source of each of the forces?
    Last edited: Jun 19, 2009
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