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Time and Velocity (Big Four?)

  1. Dec 9, 2011 #1
    A chipmunk drops an acorn from a branch 6.0 m above the ground.
    a) How long is it in the air?
    b)How fast is it going when it hits the ground?

    I decided my given was
    d= 6.0 m
    vi= 0 m/s

    So I used the distance formula (d=vi+1/2*a*t2) and solved for time. I got about 1.1 s.
    For the next part I used vf=vi*t+a*t and solved.

    I got
    a)1.1 seconds
    b) 10.78 m/s

    Is this correct?
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  3. Dec 9, 2011 #2


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    Method good, but the fact you rounded off the time before calculating velocity is not desirable. Without rounding the vel calculates to 10.84

    Given that orignal data was to 2 figures only, the velocity should be rounded to 2 figures, which will give 11 in both cases. You even get the same result if you stretch to 3 figures - 10.8, but if you quote 4 figures; 10.78 is incorrect.
  4. Dec 9, 2011 #3
    Thank you so much! Highly appreciated.:)
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