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A skier starts at rest at the top of a large hemispherical hill with radius (height) = R. Neglecting friction, show that the skier will leave the hill and become airborne at the distance of h = R/3 below the top of the hill.

I understand that at the point the skier goes airborne, the normal force is zero, but how do I conceptually show it? When it's at the crest of the hill, there are obviously two vertical forces in play: the weight of the skier (downward) and the normal force (upward).

So the question, once again, is how do I show specifically (to prove) that the skier goes airborne at height = 3/R.

Thanks in advance.

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# Homework Help: Normal Force Going to Zero

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