Practice problem: If a ball of 5 kg falls from 3 m building, what is the speed when it hits the ground?

Please help. I'm not sure where to begin

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- Oct 29th 2007, 05:45 PMbeetzphysics-how to calculate speed
Practice problem: If a ball of 5 kg falls from 3 m building, what is the speed when it hits the ground?

Please help. I'm not sure where to begin - Oct 29th 2007, 08:16 PMTruthbetold
I can give you the idea of what to do, doing problems of the same idea in math, but I don't know formulas for you.

One popped up that might help: d=m/v or v= d/m.

From what I learned in math, you want to find the rate that the 5 kg falls per second (units of length/ second).

Say for instance that it's .1t m/sec t= seconds.

since you don't know seconds, set it off to 3 (because that formula helps show total distance if 't' is given a value).

As in, .1t = 3 and solve for t.

There's probably a more physicish way to do it.

Hope that helps!