The Bungee Jumper: Conservation of Energy
Obj: Determine the distance a bungee person falls based on the determined k of a spring
Materials: spring, bungee person, meter stick, weights
Calculate the slope of the line (=spring constant k).
mgΔh = ½kh2 which simplifies to: mg = ½kh
Now, call over the physics instructor for the next step.
7. Attach the bungee person to the spring
and support the person such that the spring is at the no-load (unstretched) position.
Raise the bungee person to the appropriate height (h). Consider the body length of the bungee
8. Drop the bungee person. [NOTE: The physics instructor is the sole judge of distance from the table the bungee person falls on the spring.]
bungee person hits table (a fatality) = 1, within 8-10 cm of table = 3,
within 4-7 cm = 4, less than 4 cm = 5
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