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Raymond A. Serway + 1 other
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11th Edition
Raymond A. Serway + 1 other
ISBN: 9781305952300
Textbook Problem

A daredevil on a motorcycle leaves the end of a ramp with a speed of 35.0 m/s as in Figure P5.25. If his speed is 33.0 m/s when he reaches the peak of the path, what is the maximum height that he reaches? Ignore friction and air resistance.

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Figure P5.25

To determine
The maximum height that the daredevil reaches.

Explanation

Given Info:

The initial speed of the motorcycle when it leaves the ramp is 35.0m/s

The speed of the motor cycle when it reaches it maximum height is 33.0m/s .

Since, the friction and air resistance are ignored; only the gravitational force acts on the motorcycle and the rider in air.

So, according to conservation of energy,

12mvf2+mgxf=12mvi2+mgxi       (I)

  • m is the mass of the system
  • g is acceleration due to gravity
  • vf is the final speed of the rider
  • vi is the initial speed of the rider
  • xf is the final height of the rider
  • xi is the initial height of the rider

The maximum height that the rider reaches is,

h=xfxi

Hence, from equation (I), on re-arranging,

h=vi2vf22g

Substitute 35

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