# Homework Help: Ski Slope

1. Oct 12, 2007

### chaotixmonjuish

A skier (m=59.00 kg) starts sliding down from the top of a ski jump with negligible friction and takes off horizontally. If h = 7.70 m and D = 12.90 m, find H.

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I was given a hint to treat the skier as a projectile, so I broke the skier's position into two parts.

yf=yi+vt+1/2gt^2
0=7.70+Vt+4.7t^2

xf=x0+Vt
12.9=0+vt
then solve for t in the x
12.90/vt

so I sub that back in to y

0=7.70+v(12.90/v)-4.7(12.90/v)^2

I get a velocity of 8.89 m/s

am I doing this right

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2. Oct 12, 2007

### chaotixmonjuish

6.2915 m/s, I just realized that I used 4.7 instead 4.9

I also got H=13.38m

Last edited: Oct 12, 2007
3. Oct 12, 2007

### chaotixmonjuish

4. Oct 12, 2007

### learningphysics

In the vertical direction when the person is going off the ramp horizontally:

dy = v1y*t + (1/2)at^2, but v1y = 0

dy = (1/2)at^2

dy = -4.9t^2

plug in dy = -7.7

-7.7 = -4.9t^2

solve for time. then get the horizontal velocity using D = v*t

Then use energy...

mgH = mgh + (1/2)mv^2