Problem: Compressed air is used to fire a 52 g ball vertically upward from a 1.1-m-tall tube. The air exerts an upward force of 2.2 N on the ball as long as it is in the tube.How high does the ball go above the top of the tube?

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We're asked to determine the vertical displacement after the object stops accelerating.

This is a Forces in Kinematics: Vertical Acceleration type of problem. We'll use these steps:

  1. Draw a free body diagram (FBD)
  2. Apply kinematics equations and Newton's Second Law equation, ΣF=ma
  3. Solve for the target!

The four UAM (kinematics) equations are:

 vf = v0 +aty= (vf+v02)ty= v0t+12at2 vf2= v02 +2ay

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Compressed air is used to fire a 52 g ball vertically upward from a 1.1-m-tall tube. The air exerts an upward force of 2.2 N on the ball as long as it is in the tube.

How high does the ball go above the top of the tube?

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