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Homework Help: Skier coasts down hill speed at bottom?

  1. Sep 27, 2009 #1
    Hello! Just wondering if anyone could point me in the correct direction with these problems?

    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    "A skier coasts down a very smooth, 10 m high slope. If the speed of the skier on the top of the slope is 5.0 m/s, what is his speed at the bottom of the slope?"


    "If the skier has a mass of 60 kg, and the force of friction retards his motion by doing 2500 J of work, what is his speed at the bottom of the slope?"

    I just can't seem to figure out what equation to use to figure this out.

    Thanks SO much!
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  3. Sep 27, 2009 #2


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    welcome to pf.
    At the top of the hill the skier has kinetic and potential energy - at the bottom he has just kinetic - since no energy is lost these are equal.
    what are the equations for KE and PE?
  4. Sep 27, 2009 #3
    thank you!

    the equations are...

    KE= 1/2mv^2
    PE= mgy
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