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Homework Help: Safety net on a building

  1. Sep 12, 2011 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    An architect who is building a skyscraper comes to see you. The architect wishes to
    place a safety net on the skyscraper, to prevent damage or injury should any of the
    building's decorative features be dislodged by wind or other forces. What advice can
    you give her on how far down the building to place the net (the farther down the better,
    for various practical reasons), assuming: any falling debris will fall from rest, subject to
    an air resistance proportional to its velocity; the safety net will catch the debris as long
    as its speed is below n times its terminal velocity for some xed n 2 (0; 1)? Note that
    your answer can depend on certain constants.

    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution
    velocity of debris v(t)= ce^(-rt/m) - mg/r has to be less that -nmg/r where r is the location of the debris ie (top of buildin). m = mass of debris and g is 9.8. t= time. these assumptions about m and r may be incorrect so please correct them if you think i am wrong.
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