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Physics problem: sky divers

  1. Sep 16, 2004 #1
    (a) What is the acceleration of two falling sky divers (mass 110.0 kg including parachute) when the upward force of air resistance is equal to one-fourth of their weight?

    (b) After popping open the parachute, the divers descend leisurely to the ground at constant speed. What now is the force of air resistance on the sky divers and their parachute?

    any help would be great. I don't know where to start.
  2. jcsd
  3. Sep 16, 2004 #2
    Upward direction positive; downward direction negative
    Newton's \ 2nd\ Law\\
    \sum \vec{F}=m\vec{a}\\
    -mg + 0.25mg = ma\\

    Part (b)
    1.Draw the free body diagram for the divers and assign all the forces acted on them.
    2. Use Newton's 2nd Law.
    3.What is the acceleration when they are moving with constant velocity ?
    4.Solve the equation.
    4.Becareful with the signs.

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