Falls resulting in hip fractures are a major cause of injury and even death to the elderly. Typically, the hip's speed at impact is about 2.0 m/s. If this can be reduced to 1.3 m/s or less, the hip will usually not fracture. One way to do this is by wearing elastic hip pads.
If a typical pad is 5.0 cm thick and compresses by 2.0 cm during the impact of a fall, what acceleration (in m/s2) does the hip undergo to reduce its speed to 1.3 m/s?
What acceleration (in g's ) does the hip undergo to reduce its speed to 1.3 m/s?
The acceleration you found in part A may seem like a rather large acceleration, but to fully assess its effects on the hip, calculate how long it lasts.