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Problem: A 60.0 kg skier with an initial speed of 12.0 m/s coasts up a 2.50-m-high rise as shown in Figure 7.40. Find her final speed at the top, given that the coefficient of friction between her skis and the snow is 0.0800. (Hint: Find the distance traveled up the incline assuming a straight-line path as shown in the figure.)

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In this problem, we are moving up an incline against both conservative and non-conservative forces.

We'll need the conservation of energy equation.

Law of conservation of energy:

Ki+Ui+Wnc=Kf+Uf, where Wnc is the work done by non-conservative forces such as friction.

Work done:

W=fd

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A 60.0 kg skier with an initial speed of 12.0 m/s coasts up a 2.50-m-high rise as shown in Figure 7.40. Find her final speed at the top, given that the coefficient of friction between her skis and the snow is 0.0800. (Hint: Find the distance traveled up the incline assuming a straight-line path as shown in the figure.)

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