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Velocity within Skiing

Ben is skiing downhill at a constant 8.0 m/s when he reaches an icy patch on which his skis move with negligible friction. If the icy patch is 37 m long and drops 15 m in elevation, what is Ben's speed at the end of the icy patch?

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Over the length of the icy patch, the increase in kinetic energy must equal the decrease in potential energy. In terms ...

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The solution provides the speed of a skier, given the parameters of height and length of the ski patch, as well as the level of friction on the ski hill. This is calculated by looking at the change in energy and gravity and determining the adequate speed of the skier.