Solved: According to a newspaper account, a paratrooper

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According to a newspaper account, a paratrooper survived a training jump from 1200 ft when his parachute failed to open but provided some resistance by flapping unopened in the wind. Allegedly he hit the ground at 100 mi=h after falling for 8 s. Test the accuracy of this account. (Suggestion: Find in Eq. (4) by assuming a terminal velocity of 100 mi=h. Then calculate the time required to fall 1200 ft.)

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