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Theoretical problem, acceleration

  1. Feb 9, 2010 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    There are two slides at the park between which you are deciding. Both start at a height of 6 m. One is short and steep while the other is long and shallow. If both slides are frictionless, which one should you choose if you want to be moving as fast as possible at the bottom?

    3. The attempt at a solution
    I think it should not matter but because the slides are frictionless, but am not sure if any other forces I am not thinking of come into play.
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  3. Feb 9, 2010 #2
    I would think the same, as using conservation of energy both speeds will be the same at the bottom since the heights are equal and the slide is frictionless.
  4. Feb 9, 2010 #3


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    Hi BikeSmoth! Welcome to PF! :smile:

    Yup … makes nooo difference! :biggrin:
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