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Problem: You are on the roof of the physics building, 46.0 m above the ground (Fig. P2.70). Your physics professor, who is 1.80 m tall, is walking alongside the building at a constant speed of 1.20 m/s. If you wish to drop an egg on your professor’s head, where should the professor be when you release the egg? Assume that the egg is in free fall.

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You are on the roof of the physics building, 46.0 m above the ground (Fig. P2.70). Your physics professor, who is 1.80 m tall, is walking alongside the building at a constant speed of 1.20 m/s. If you wish to drop an egg on your professor’s head, where should the professor be when you release the egg? Assume that the egg is in free fall.

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