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Explain why it is easier to climb a mountain on a zigzag

College Physics | 1st Edition | ISBN: 9781938168000 | Authors: Paul Peter Urone, Roger Hinrichs ISBN: 9781938168000 42

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Problem 21CQ

Problem 21CQ

Explain why it is easier to climb a mountain on a zigzag path rather than one straight up the side. Is your increase in gravitational potential energy the same in both cases? Is your energy consumption the same in both?

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Yes .Zigzag path is easier to climb the mountain because  work is doing  along a longer path and gravitational pull for each step is less for longer distance so, it requires less force at any instant.similarly when we climb on straight path, the distance is shortest gravitational pull is more so, i it's difficult to climb.

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Textbook: College Physics
Edition: 1
Author: Paul Peter Urone, Roger Hinrichs
ISBN: 9781938168000

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