Mechanics: Work, Energy and Power
Work, Energy and Power: Audio Guided Solution
In April of 1976, Chicago Cub slugger Dave Kingman hit a home run which cleared the Wrigley Field fence and hit a house located 530 feet (162 m) from home plate. Suppose that the 0.145-kg baseball left Kingman's bat at 92.7 m/s and that it lost 10% of its original energy on its flight through the air. Determine the speed of the ball when it cleared the stadium wall at a height of 25.6 m.
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