Potential energy and average force? [closed]

A body of mass $15\,kg$ originally at rest $5\,m$ above the ground falls and penetrates $15\,cm$ into soft earth.

• Determine the loss of potential energy
• Determine the average resistance of the earth

Please help explain and solve this. I got 735 Joules as the potential energy $E_{pot}=m\cdot g\cdot h$.

As for the other one I am stumped.

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closed as too localized by Mark Eichenlaub, Qmechanic♦Feb 28 '13 at 7:29

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Too localized? On what grounds? Too Localized should be retired. – Mob Feb 28 '13 at 7:32
Generally we like questions that would be of interest to lots of people, and the answer to your homework is only likely to be of interest to you: hence the Too Localized flag. – John Rennie Feb 28 '13 at 8:00

The forum rules require we don't answer homework questions or confirm whether answers are correct, but consider this. The force on the falling object is $mg$, and if it falls a distance $h$ then the work done on it is force times distance or $mgh$, which is why you get the formula $mgh$ for the energy change. You can apply exactly the same reasoning to the slowing of the object after it touches the surface of the earth. – John Rennie Feb 28 '13 at 7:35