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Mayan kings and many school sports teams are named for the puma, cougar, or mountain lion Felis concolor, the best jumper among animals. It can jump to a height of 13.3 ft when leaving the ground at an angle of 40.2°. With what speed, in SI units, does it leave the ground to make this leap?

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Mayan kings and many school sports teams are named for the puma, cougar, or mountain lion Felis concolor, the best jumper among animals. It can jump to a height of 13.3 ft when leaving the ground at an angle of 40.2°. With what speed, in SI units, does it leave the ground to make this leap?

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If v is the initial velocity, θ is the projection angle, g is the acceleration due to gravity, the maximum height reached by a projectile H is,

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