# Homework Help: Parachute problem

1. Oct 10, 2006

### Cole07

Stoned Parachute problem

problem:
A. A small parachute dropped from a 58-m-high cliff falls with a constant velocity of 1.2m/s. 43s after the parachute is dropped, a stone is dropped from the cliff. will the stone catch up with the parachute before it reaches the ground? yes or no?

B. how long would it take for the parachute to reach the ground if it didn't get hit by the stone?

C. How long would it take the stone to hit the ground if there were no interference from the parachute?

Solutions I have tried:

A. For this I need to know B & C and I know that c needs to be less than 5 seconds

B. For this I take the equation 1.2m/s = 58/t and i solve for t my answer is 48.3333

C. For this I know initial velocity is 0 I'm not sure about the final velocity acceleration is -9.8 and t is my unknown but I don't understand how to find it since I do not have my final velocity.

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2. Oct 10, 2006

### OlderDan

There is a well know equation for finding the final velocity if the initial velocity, acceleration, and distance moved are know. There is also a well known equation relating distance and time when the initial velocity and acceleration are known. Either of these will help you. Can you tell us what they are?

3. Oct 10, 2006

### Cole07

Would this Work final velocity= square root of initial velocity squared+2a*d and the answer would be 33.71646482 then i would use final velocity= initial velocity+ a*t the answer would be 3.440455594s so since this is less than 5s the answer to A would be yes ? Is this correct?

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4. Oct 10, 2006

Looks good