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Homework Help: Kinematics Problem on a particle

  1. Feb 3, 2010 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    The motion of a human body through space can be modeled as the motion of a particle at the body's center of mass. The components of the position of an athlete's center of mass from the beginning to the end of a certain jump are described by the following two equations, where t is the time at which the athlete lands after taking off at t = 0.
    xf = 0 + (10.6 m/s)(cos 18.5°)t
    0.230 m = 0.600 m + 0 + (10.6 m/s)(sin 18.5°)t - (9.80 m/s2)t2

    Identify his vector position.

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    3. The attempt at a solution
    I tried to solve for t in the second equation and got a value of 0.783s, after which I put this value into the first equation and solve for x and got 7.87m for the i direction. I did not really know what to put in for the displacement along the y-axis.
     
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  3. Feb 3, 2010 #2

    kuruman

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    Where did this equation come from and what does it mean?
     
  4. Feb 3, 2010 #3
    it was just given. Anyway i got the answer. they were asking for the initial displacement. thanks for your help. is there anyway to close this thread?
     
  5. Feb 3, 2010 #4

    kuruman

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    No closure.
     
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