   # Members of a skydiving club were given the following data to use in planning their jumps. In the table, d is the distance fallen from rest by a skydiver in a “free-fall stable spread position” versus the time of fall t . (a) Convert the distances in feet into meters, (b) Graph d (in meters) versus t . (c) Determine the value of the terminal speed v t by finding the slope of the straight portion of the curve. Use a least-squares fit to determine this slope. ### Physics for Scientists and Enginee...

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Raymond A. Serway + 1 other
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Section ### Physics for Scientists and Enginee...

9th Edition
Raymond A. Serway + 1 other
Publisher: Cengage Learning
ISBN: 9781305116399
Chapter 6, Problem 6.60AP
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## Members of a skydiving club were given the following data to use in planning their jumps. In the table, d is the distance fallen from rest by a skydiver in a “free-fall stable spread position” versus the time of fall t. (a) Convert the distances in feet into meters, (b) Graph d (in meters) versus t. (c) Determine the value of the terminal speed vt by finding the slope of the straight portion of the curve. Use a least-squares fit to determine this slope. (a)

To determine

The distances in terms of meters.

### Explanation of Solution

The Conversion of feet into meters

1ft=0.3048m

Convert the distances in feet to meters.

 t(s) d(ft) d(m) 0 0 0 1 16 4.88 2 62 18.9 3 138 42.1 4 242 73

(b)

To determine

The position versus time graph.

(c)

To determine

The terminal speed using the slope of the straight portion of the curve.

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