i think you chose the wrong y and x axises. i suggest you to choose the x axis directed along the ramp surface line. then you will have to separate the mg force to y and x components. it will help me a lot, if you also type the answer which is written in your workbook.

I don't have the final answer. I'm using www.masteringphysics.com and the only way to get it is to request it which will end the problem for me-- 10 points off. :(

I just tried it again... this time I calculated how long the ramp is which is 2 (since hight is 1 and sin 30 = 1/2). Now using this distance I calculated the final velocity the dude leaves the ramp with... then using that velocity I took the y-component of it and calcuated the time it takes to hit ground... used that time to calculate final position... and it was wrong.

I think I have it right this time except one thing... this second degree equation. I used the quadratic formual... and after applying it and using the new t value I got the answer is STILL wrong. Why does this have to happen.

We have MVinitial^2/2=MVfinal^2/2+Mgh
V^2=Vfinal^2+2gh

where Vfinal - speed at top of ramp, g - acceleration of gravity - h height of ramp. once you have vfinal, you can calculate its y component by trig and see how long it'll take for the skater to go up and down to the earth again (under acceleration -g), and then use that time to calculate the horizontal distance from the horizontal component of Vfinal

whew. I finally got the right answer. Thanks guys!

Is it me or is masteringphysics.com the scariest educational tool in existence? Typing in my number and pressing the 'submit' tab while dreading the 'try again' message is a horrible, horrible experience. :(