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The Human Bird

# The Human Bird

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The Matterhorn. At over 4475m, it is one of the highest peaks in The Alps.It has claimed over 500 lives.Wingsuit Flying: special suits act as an aerofoil (like a wing),creating lift. This is similar to theway a flying squirrel glidesthrough the air.
Jeb Corliss, a professional basejumper and
wingsuit  proximity flyer
, jumped from a helicopter and flewwithin a few feet of The Matterhorn, gliding along itsedge.He was able to reach speeds of over 300 km/h, flying, attimes, within a metre of the rocky edge of themountain.
How fast is 300 km/h in m/s?
Hint: first convert kilometres per hour into metres per hour, then into metres per second.
Use the following data to plot a graph of speed versustime for Jeb’s flight.Put time on the x-axis.
Time (s) Distance covered (m) Speed (m/s)
0 0 010 150 1520 450 3030 900 4540 1500 6050 2250 7560 3150 9070 3750 6080 4050 3090 4050 0

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Time (s)
Distance covered (km)
Speed (m/s)
0 0.0 05 0.1 4910 0.4 9715 0.7 14220 1.2 18225 1.7 21630 2.3 24440 3.7 28350 5.2 30660 6.8 31870 8.4 32480 10.0 32781 10.1 23982 10.2 19185 10.5 12090 10.7 7195 10.8 45100 10.9 28105 10.9 15110 11.0 4Jeb’s speed changed dramatically after 60 seconds. Why could that have been?What was his top speed, in kilometres per hour?Describe Jeb’s motion during the first 60 seconds.In reality his motion was notexactly like this. Why is that?What factor is has not beentaken into account?The data shown here would bemuch more typical of Jeb’smotion.Use these data to plot anupdated speed-time graph.