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Homework Help: Physics Kinematics Homework Help ?

  1. Feb 17, 2013 #1
    Physics Kinematics Homework Help!!?

    "While standing on a bridge 18.3 m above the ground, you drop a stone from rest. When the stone has fallen 2.50 m, you throw a second stone straight down. What initial velocity must you give the second stone if they are both to reach the ground at the same instant? Take the downward direction to be the negative direction."

    After finding the velocity of the first stone (AFTER falling 2.50 m) to be -7m/s, I tried to solve for initial velocity of the second stone by setting the times equal to each other (displacement for the first stone being 15.8, and for the second stone 18.3).

    I used the equation x = v0*t + (1/2)*a*t2
    and of course I got an ugly quadratic-equationey mess trying to get t on one side. There has to be an easier way to do this...
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  3. Feb 17, 2013 #2
    Re: Physics Kinematics Homework Help!!?

    I would suggest solving for t for the first stone since you know it's initial velocity is 0 and its acceleration is -g. Whatever you get for that time, plug it into the equation for the second stone. Then, solve the second equation for the initial velocity.
  4. Mar 1, 2013 #3
    Re: Physics Kinematics Homework Help!!?

    Hi, I tried to do this question as an exercise. Is the answer 2.06 m/s?

    First, I find the time taken for the first stone to fall down 2.5m.

    2.5 = (0)t + 1/2 (9.8) t^2
    t= 0.71s

    Then I find the total time for the stone to reach the ground.

    18.3 = (0)t + 1/2 (9.8) t^2
    t= 1.93s

    The time left for the second stone to catch up is 1.93 - 0.71 = 1.22s

    By using s = ut + 1/2 at^2,

    18.3 = u(1.22) + 1/2 (9.8) (1.22)^2

    u= 2.06m/s.

  5. Mar 1, 2013 #4


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    Re: Physics Kinematics Homework Help!!?

    Please note that we do not do other students' work for them here at the PF. Normally your post would be deleted for showing the solution, but since it has been 2 weeks since the original post (OP), I'll leave it visible.
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