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Question: In 1886, Steve Brodie achieved notoriety by allegedly jumping off
the recently completed Brooklyn bridge, for a bet, and surviving. Given
that the bridge rises 135ft over the East River, how long would Mr. Brodie have
been in the air, and with what speed would he have struck the water? Give
all answers in mks units. You may neglect air resistance.
Answer: Mr. Brodie's net vertical
Assuming that his initial velocity was zero,
where was his time of flight. Hence,
His final velocity was
Thus, the speed with which he plunged into the East River was
Mr. Brodie's story should be taken with a pinch of salt.