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Physics problem of the week: Superman and the building

A careless construction worker accidentally drops a wrench from the top of a building. It might hit the person below. Luckily, Superman is flying downward from above, and reaches the top of the building 2 seconds after the wrench was dropped. How fast should he be going to catch the wrench just before it hits the person's head?

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