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I'm currently trying to solve this problem where a 85kg trampoline artist jumps vertically upward from the top of a platform with a speed of 5.5m/s ----- * <- artist | | 2 m high between the artist and the trampoline | ----- <- trampoline How fast is he going as he lands on the trampoline, 2m below? I'm using the formula for conservation of energy, but my algebra is giving me some problems. 1/2mv^2 + mgy1 = 1/2mv^2 + mgy2 m = mass v = speed/velocity g = gravity (9.8) y = height For my refernce frame I chose y1 to be 2 and y2 to be 0 I know that mass cancels so I end up with: 1/2(5.5)^2 + (9.8 * 2) = 1/2v^2 + 0 but I don't see I to derive it to solve for v Any help would be greatly aprreciated. [Edited by - arroyjose on October 17, 2004 3:25:38 PM]

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Obvious HomeworkTM

You "somehow" got to
1/2(5.5)^2 + (9.8 * 2) = 1/2v^2
how you can get to such problems if you can't see that you need to multiply both sides by 2 to remove 1/2 from right ? so you get
(5.5)^2 + 9.8*4 = v^2
sqrt((5.5)^2 + 9.8*4)=v /// nitpicking: obviously, |v|
and if you want it to be nicely arranged,
v=sqrt((5.5)^2 + 9.8*4)
But if you can't do it yourself, i'd say, your education is completely screwed up and it woulda be alot better to do all math since 4th grade of elementary school (or maybe even 2nd).

edit: OMG,typoos[grin]

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