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Mechanical Energy - Two Questions

  1. Oct 20, 2005 #1
    The questions read...

    1.) An Olympic runner leaps over a hurdle. If the runner's initial vertical speed is 2.2 m/s, how much will the runner's center of mass be raised during the jump?

    2.) A pendulum bob is released from some initial height such that the speed of the bob at the bottom of the swing is 1.9 m/s. What is the initial height of the bob?

    What are the formulas I would use? I only want the formulas for now becuase I would like to try and solve it myself. Thanks!!!
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  3. Oct 20, 2005 #2


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    Well, I won't give you the formulas, but I'll give you a hint or two.

    On the first one, the problem is the same as if you asked "what height would an object reach if it's initial speed were 2.2 m/s vertically upward?". The fact that they're asking about the runner's COM makes no difference.

    For number 2, think about it from energy considerations - at the bottom of its arc, the pendulum bob has a certain amount of kinetic energy. Where did that energy come from?
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