This problem involves work and energy conservation. We'll require the energy conservation equation.
Energy conservation equation:
An airplane pilot fell 370 m after jumping from an aircraft without his parachute opening. He landed in a snowbank, creating a crater 1.30 m deep, but survived with only minor injuries. Assuming the pilots mass was 88.0 kg and his terminal velocity was 46.0 m/s, estimate the:
(a) work done by the snow in bringing him to rest
(b) force exerted on him by the snow to stop him
(c) work done on him by air resistance as he fell
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