I am pretty new to physics so forgive me if this seems like a really dumb question.

My Physics I teacher is having us develop a solution to the question: You drop your laptop; what is its acceleration as it hits the ground?

The truth is I have no idea where to start. On top of that, the teacher wants us to include what would happen (conceptually) if the laptop lands on a corner versus one of the sides or what would happen if the laptop was dropped on concrete as opposed to a more forgiving surface. I was hoping someone could walk me through the process.

Thank to everybody in advance.

  • $\begingroup$ lap tops fall at 9.8 meters per second per second $\endgroup$ – Adrian Howard Sep 29 at 10:13
  • $\begingroup$ Here is how I would think about it: (1) what is it I want to know? [In this case an acceleration] (2) what information do I have? [experience dropping things, the formulas and definition of acceleration, velocity, potential energy and so on] (3) what is the scenario really like, can I see something I can calculate? [what happens when a laptop side or corner moving at some speed encounters a floor of some type?] (4) using this, do I find other things I need to know? [what is the difference between a yielding floor and concrete?] $\endgroup$ – Anders Sandberg Sep 29 at 10:32

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