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This question is about projectile motion and the use of an energy argument to find the speed with which a thrown stone lands in the sea.

          Christina stands close to the edge of a vertical cliff and throws a stone. The diagram below (not drawn to scale) shows part of the trajectory of the stone. Air resistance is negligible.

          Point P on the diagram is the highest point reached by the stone and point Q is at the same height above sea level as point O.

(a)     At point P on the diagram above draw arrows to represent

(i)      the acceleration of the stone (label this A).

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(ii)     the velocity of the stone (label this V).

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          The stone leaves Christina’s hand (point O) at a speed of 15 m s−1 in the direction shown. Her hand is at a height of 25 m above sea level. The mass of the stone is 160 g. The acceleration due to gravity g = 10 m s−2.

(b)     (i)      Calculate the kinetic energy of the stone immediately after it leaves Christina’s hand.

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(ii)     State the value of the kinetic energy at point Q.

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(iii)    Calculate the loss in potential energy of the stone in falling from point Q to hitting the sea.

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(iv)    Determine the speed with which the stone hits the sea.

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(Total 7 marks

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