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  1. Sep 22, 2009 #1
    I have two problems. I have filled in most of the information that is asked but I can't seem to figure out a part for each problem. Please Help.

    Problem 1:

    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    At a NASA research center free-fall research is performed by dropping experiment packages from the top of an evacuated shaft 146 m high. Free-fall imitates the so called microgravity environment of a satellite in orbit.
    a) what is the max time interval for free fall if an experiment package were to fall the entire 146 m?

    5.45 s [correct]

    b) Actual NASA specs allow for a 5.24 s drop interval. How far do the packages in 5.24 s?

    135m [correct]

    c) What is their speed at 5.24 s?

    51.5 m/s [correct]

    d) What constant acceleration would be required to stop an experiment package in the distance remaining in the that shaft after its 5.24 fall?

    121 m/s^2 [incorrect]

    2. Relevant equations

    Kinematic equations

    3. The attempt at a solution

    Presumably, since the shaft is 146 m tall and the package has already fallen 135 m there are 11 m left for the package to stop.

    deltaX = 11 m : Vi = 51.5 m/s : Vf = 0 m/s

    this information should be enough to calculate Ax for the second part of the problem but Webassign says my answer is wrong. Any ideas guys?

    Problem 2

    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    An inquisitive physics student and mountain climber climbs a 48.0 m cliff that overhangs a calm pool of water. He throws two stones verticall downwar, 1.00 s apart and observes that they cause a single splash. The first stone has an initial speed of 1.92 m/s downward. Assume the downward direction is positive.

    (a) How long after release of the first stone do the two stones hit the water?

    2.93 s [correct]

    (b) What initial velocity must the second stone have if they are to hit simultaneously?

    16.1 m/s [incorrect]

    (c) What is the speed of each stone at the instant the two hit the water?

    first stone

    30.7 m/s [correct]

    second stone

    34.62 m/s [correct]

    2. Relevant equations

    Kinematic equations

    3. The attempt at a solution

    This seems like a pretty straightforward problem but I can't seem to get question B right even though I used the value for question B to get the correct answer for question D.
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  3. Sep 23, 2009 #2


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    b)The package is accelerating down wards with g. Your answer is true if the package is moving with uniform velocity. So net acceleration should be ..........?
  4. Sep 23, 2009 #3
    131 m/s^2 in the upward direction to compensate for g, which is incorrect according to Webassign
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