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New to the forum but full of so many questions, of which I assume will be a cakewalk for many of you. I'm no physics expert as you will soon discover.

Looking foward to your input and assistance.

The first question is how do I calculate the force associated with a falling mass? For example, if you take a 10 pound brick and drop it 10 feet on a scale, what would be the maximum reading that I would see on the scale? Wind resistence and such aside.

The next question is similar but a little more complicated.

If I know the angle and height of a jump, the speed of an appoaching motorcycle, and the total weight of the bike with rider, how would I calculate the amount of force that the bike/rider has as it returns to earth? In other words, I assume that the falling mass will hit with a force greater than the total weight of bike and rider, with respects to the curve that it takes as it flys through the air.

Let's say I'm just trying to calculate how strong the landing ramp needs to be. Something like that. Putting the matter of the suspension and such aside.

Hope that makes sense.

Thoughts?