Problem: A motorcycle rider wants to try the following stunt: she will start from rest and accelerate her bike at constant acceleration a0 on a horizontal platform of length L; she will then jump with her bike trying to land on a second platform placed a distance y0 below the first one. [a] What is the speed of the rider at the end of the first platform? [b] What is the maximum distance at which the second platform can be placed for the rider to reach it? [c] What is the speed of the rider when she reaches the second platform?

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A motorcycle rider wants to try the following stunt: she will start from rest and accelerate her bike at constant acceleration a0 on a horizontal platform of length L; she will then jump with her bike trying to land on a second platform placed a distance y0 below the first one.

[a] What is the speed of the rider at the end of the first platform?

[b] What is the maximum distance at which the second platform can be placed for the rider to reach it?

[c] What is the speed of the rider when she reaches the second platform?

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