Problem: A 62.0-kg skier is moving at 6.60 m/s on a frictionless, horizontal, snow-covered plateau when she encounters a rough patch 4.60 m long. The coefficient of kinetic friction between this patch and her skis is 0.300. After crossing the rough patch and returning to friction-free snow, she skis down an icy, frictionless hill 2.50 m high.(a) How fast is the skier moving when she gets to the bottom of the hill?(b) How much internal energy was generated in crossing the rough patch?

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A 62.0-kg skier is moving at 6.60 m/s on a frictionless, horizontal, snow-covered plateau when she encounters a rough patch 4.60 m long. The coefficient of kinetic friction between this patch and her skis is 0.300. After crossing the rough patch and returning to friction-free snow, she skis down an icy, frictionless hill 2.50 m high.
(a) How fast is the skier moving when she gets to the bottom of the hill?
(b) How much internal energy was generated in crossing the rough patch?

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