Power Climb Date: June 18, 2012 Name: Bradley McCoy Purpose: To determine the average power of a person that

is climbing up stairs of a known height. This power can further be expressed as a fraction of a horsepower. Lab Procedure: The height of one flight of stairs was measured by dropping a measuring tape down from the top step to the bottom and measuring the distance (h). Then, a time keeper would call out when to begin the climb, then a person would climb up the stairs as fast as they could. The time was measured in seconds and recorded. Lab Theory: Power is defined as the rate at which work is being done over an interval of time: To calculate the power for climbing up a flight of stairs of a known height, h, first the work to get to the height must be calculated (assuming y=0 for the floor level). With the given assumptions, the amount of work, W, must be equal to the total potential energy of a person at the top of the stairs, h: Then, knowing the given time it takes to reach the top of the stairs, the average power of the given interval is as follows:

Data and Calculations: h=2.66m m=153lbs=69.4kg t=2.63s ( )( )( )

Result: My average horsepower for the powerclimb was 0.922 HP. While this is very close to 1HP, it impossible for a human to sustain such power over a long distance, therefore, even if a human can sustain an average power of 1HP over a short burst of time, a horse is still stronger because of its ability to sustain this power over a longer period of time.

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