For part a, I made the kinetic energy zero thinking that the initial state would be when he was stationary on top of the platform (with only gravitational potential energy). Why is it wrong to use this as my initial state? I do understand how you made your initial state as the moment the person jumps off the platform.

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For part a, I made the kinetic energy zero thinking that the initial state would be when he was stationary on top of the platform (with only gravitational potential energy). Why is it wrong to use this as my initial state? I do understand how you made your initial state as the moment the person jumps off the platform.