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# Some simple physics

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### #1 Ploper

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Posted 01 November 2007 - 11:39 PM

So lets say Will jumps from an airplane that is at X hight. It took him Y minutes to reach the ground.
Is it safe to assume that if he jumps from 2X hight, that it will take him 2Y minutes to touch ground?
Or 100X and 100Y?
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### #2 bonanova

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Posted 01 November 2007 - 11:53 PM

So lets say Will jumps from an airplane that is at X hight. It took him Y minutes to reach the ground.
Is it safe to assume that if he jumps from 2X hight, that it will take him 2Y minutes to touch ground?
Or 100X and 100Y?

No.
And I hope he brought a parachute.

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### #3 Ploper

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Posted 01 November 2007 - 11:57 PM

you have the right answer with good reasoning.
But actually, I was lookin' for the part with wind resistance.
At a greater hight, Will will spend more time in terminal velocity,
raising his speed average.

But yeah, I understand what you mean
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### #4 brhan

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Posted 02 November 2007 - 02:40 PM

Well, it depends on how big is X.

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### #5 bonanova

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Posted 02 November 2007 - 09:42 PM

Is it safe to assume that if he jumps from 2X hight, that it will take him 2Y minutes to touch ground?

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