A 60 Kg skydiver is falling at a constant terminal speed of 50 m/s. At what rate is the potential energy of the skydiver - earth system reducing? What happens to this energy?(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

Potential energy = m x g x h

Where

m = mass of the body

g = acceleration due to gravity

h = height of the object

I don't understand what it's asking in this problem and in all the reading I've done there has been some sort of height or distance measurement involved for this type of question dealing with potential energy. The earth system reducing is throwing me and I am not sure at all where to begin. I do know that formula is this though:

Potential energy = m x g x h

Where

m = mass of the body

g = acceleration due to gravity

h = height of the object

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# Homework Help: Potential energy of a skydiver

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