Mechanics: Work, Energy and Power
Work, Energy and Power: Audio Guided Solution
During the Powerhouse lab, Jerome runs up the stairs, elevating his 102 kg body a vertical distance of 2.29 meters in a time of 1.32 seconds at a constant speed.
a. Determine the work done by Jerome in climbing the stair case.
b. Determine the power generated by Jerome.
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b. 1.73 x 103 W
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