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1.4 Units & Conversions

1.4 Units & Conversions
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  • Math Help

    You can roughly convert between feet per second and miles per hour as follows.

    1. To approximately convert from mph to ft/sec, multiply by 1.5.

      110 mph is approximately (110 times 1.5) feet per second which equals 165 feet per second
    2. To approximately convert from ft/sec to mph, multiply by two thirds
      15 feet per second is approximately two thirds times 15 miles per hour = 10 miles per hour

    For instance, the speed of sound is roughly 1100 ft/sec and a normal commercial jet travels at about 500 mph. Is a normal commercial jet faster than the speed of sound?

    500 mph is roughly 750 ft/sec. So, a normal commercial jet is not faster than the speed of sound.

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  • Checkpoint Solution
    1. From the graph, the parachutist jumps from the airplane at a time of 0 seconds. He accelerates for about 20 seconds. Then for another 20 seconds, his speed is constant at about 110 miles per hour. So, he is in free fall for a total of about 40 seconds.
    2. At the end of 40 seconds, the parachutist's speed abruptly drops to about 10 miles per hour. This must have been the time when he opened his parachute. When the time is 70 seconds, his speed drops to zero. So, he must have spent about 30 seconds with the parachute open.
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