(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); 1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

A sky diver of mass 81.5 kg jumps from a slow-moving aircraft and reaches a terminal speed of 50.0 m/s.

(a) What is the acceleration of the sky diver when her speed is 30.0 m/s?

2. Relevant equations

mg = bv

where b is the friction constant

and v is the terminal velocity

3. The attempt at a solution

b = (81.5)(9.8) / 50

b = 15.97

(81.5)(9.8) - (15.97)(30) = remaining force, or 319.6 Newtons

319.6 N / 81.5 = 3.921

but it seems, 3.921 is not correct. I must be missing something big.

Any help would be appreciated.

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