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Two objects begin a free fall from rest from the same height 1.00 s apart. How long after the first object begins to fall will the two objects be 10.0 m apart?

Two objects begin a free fall from rest from the same height 1.00 s apart. How long after the first object begins to fall will the two objects be 10.0 m apart?

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Navjyot Kalra
askIITians Faculty 654 Points
7 years ago
Assumption:
We assume that the vectors pointing downwards are taken to be positive, and since both the objects were released from rest, their initial speed is zero.
Given:
Initial speed of first object, v01 = 0 m/s.
Initial speed of second object, v02 = 0 m/s.
Acceleration due to gravity, g = 9.8 m/s2.
Distance of separation between the first and second object,x = 10.0 m.
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Since the object falls freely under the action of gravity, it accelerates the object with magnitude corresponding to the acceleration due to gravity that is a = g .
Also, the object was at the location of observer at t = 0, therefore x01 = 0 m .
Substitute the above conditions to have

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Since the second object was released one second later, the distance travelled by the object corresponds to time t-1 .
Therefore the distance (say x2) travelled by the second object, localized at the very same moment, is given as:
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Since the object falls freely under the action of gravity, it accelerates the object with magnitude corresponding to the acceleration due to gravity that is a = g.
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The distance of separation (say x) between the two objects is given as the difference of distance travelled by the first object ad the distance travelled by the second object, that is:
x = x1 – x2
Substitute the value of x1 and x2 from equation (1) and (2) in the relation above

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To avoid confusion, we write dimensions along with the variables:
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Now our equation is dimensionally correct and hence the above equation can be written as:
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Substitute the given value of x in the equation above to have
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As we assumed above that the dimensions of t is [s], it is clear that the time after which the objects would be separated by 10 m is 1.52 s .

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