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A person kicks a rock off a cliff horizontally with a speed of 20 m/s. It takes 7.0 seconds to hit the ground. Find:

a) The height of the cliff.

b) The final velocity of the rock just before it hits the ground.

c) The distance the rock travels horizontally before it hits the ground.

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### 3 Answers

- fooksLv 72 months agoFavorite Answer
Refer to the figure below.

Take g = 9.8 m/s²

Take all downward quantities to be positive.

(a)

Consider the vertical motion (uniform acceleration motion):

Initial velocity, u(y) = 0 m/s

Acceleration, a(y) = 9.8 m/s²

Time taken, t = 7.0 s

s(y) = u(y) t + (1/2) a t²

s(y) = (0) (7) + (1/2) (9.8) (7)²

Height of the cliff, s(y) = 240 m

(b)

Consider the vertical motion:

v(y) = u(y) + a(y) t

v(y) = (0) + (9.8) (7)

v(y) = 68.6 m/s

Final velocity of the rock

= √[v(x)² + v(y)²]

= √[20² + 68.6²]

= 71.5 m/s

Make an angle of tan⁻¹(68.6/20) = 73.7° below the horizontal line.

(c)

Consider the horizontal motion (uniform velocity motion):

Distance the rock travels horizontal before it hits the ground (range)

= v(x) t

= (20) (7)

= 140 m

- SpacemanLv 72 months ago
a) The height of the cliff.

g = gravitational acceleration = 9.81 m/s²

viy = initial velocity in the vertical direction = 0 m/s

t = elapsed time of fall = 7.0 s

Δy = height of cliff (vertical distance) = to be determined

Δy = viy∙t + 0.5gt²

Δy = 0 m/s∙7.0 s + 0.5(9.81 m/s²)(7.0 s)²

Δy = 240.345 m = 240 m

b) The final velocity of the rock just before it hits the ground.

vfx = velocity in the horizontal direction = 20 m/s

vfy = final velocity in the vertical direction = to be determined

Vr = resultant final velocity = to be determined

vfy = viy + gt

vfy = 0 m/s + (9.81 m/s²)(7.0 s)

vfy = 68.67 m/s = 69 m/s

Vr = √[(vfx)² + (vfy)²]

Vr = √[(20 m/s)² + (69 m/s)²]

Vr = 71.52320533 m/s = 72 m/s

c) The distance the rock travels horizontally before it hits the ground.

vfx = velocity in the horizontal direction = 20 m/s

t = elapsed time of fall = 7.0 s

Δx = horizontal distance = to be determined

vfx = Δx / t

vfx∙t = Δx

Δx = vfx∙t

Δx = 20 m/s∙7.0 s

Δx = 140 m

- JimLv 72 months ago
y(t) = ½at² + v₀t + y₀ is the basic formula you need to know.

Standard gravity is -9.80665 m/s²

For speed KE=PE, ie 1/2mv² = mgh

Here are the resolved Kinetics formulas: