Mechanics: Work, Energy and Power

Work, Energy and Power: Audio Guided Solution

Problem 29:

Connor (m=76.0 kg) is competing in the state diving championship. He leaves the springboard from a height of 3.00 m above the water surface with a speed of 5.94 m/s in the upward direction.

a. Determine Connor's speed when he strikes the water.
b. Connor's body plunges to a depth of 2.15 m below the water surface before stopping. Determine the average force of water resistance experienced by his body.

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Habits of an Effective Problem Solver

  • Read the problem carefully and develop a mental picture of the physical situation. If necessary, sketch a simple diagram of the physical situation to help you visualize it.
  • Identify the known and unknown quantities in an organized manner. Equate given values to the symbols used to represent the corresponding quantity - e.g., vo = 0 m/s; a = 4.2 m/s/s; vf = 22.9 m/s; d = ???.
  • Use physics formulas and conceptual reasoning to plot a strategy for solving for the unknown quantity.
  • Identify the appropriate formula(s) to use.
  • Perform substitutions and algebraic manipulations in order to solve for the unknown quantity.

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