Teaching Physics with the Physics Suite

Edward F. Redish

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Bungee jump

As part of a Physics Open House a Department sets up a bungee jump from the top of their physics building. Assume that one end of an elastic band will be firmly attached to the top of the building and the other to the waist of a courageous participant. The participant will step off the edge of the building to be slowed and brought back up by the elastic band before hitting the ground (we hope). Estimate the length and spring constant of the elastic you would recommend we use.  
Picture Courtesy of Atti Laurila

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