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Projectile Problemby physucsc11
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#1
Nov1807, 02:34 PM

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Got stuck on this problem, would appreciate some help.
Problem: A rock is kicked horizontally at 15 m/s from a hill with a 45 deg slope. How long does it take for the rock to hit the ground? The book gives the answer in the back as 5.1 sec but I don't understand how it gets this answer. Thanks for any help. 


#2
Nov1807, 02:53 PM

P: 82

Here is a hint:
Let's name the horizontal variable x and the vertical variable y. Your hill is described by an equation of the form f(x) = x. Your rock's path is given by a parabola, which you should be able to calculate using the initial conditions you gave (x=y=0 initially, vy = 0, vx = 15 m/s). Let's call this trajectory g(x). Now you can find the point at which the rock will hit the hill by equating f(x)=g(x). This will let you know far down the rock "fell" (remember, its motion in the ydirection is independent of its motion in the xdirection. It is merely a free fall). Knowing how far something falls, you can calculate the time it takes it to fall. If you get stuck get come back & ask again :).  Assaf Physically Incorrect 


#3
Nov1807, 03:16 PM

P: 26

That's basically what I was doing. I realized that since it is a 45 deg angle the rock will travel the same distance vertically as horizontally before it hits the ground, so I used the equation y = 1/2gt^2 and plugged in d = vx*t for y. So I got vx*t = 1/2gt^2 , and solving for t I get t = (2vx + sq.root( (2vx)^2))/2g). So the answer turns out to be 3.2 sec. However, the book gives 5.1 sec. Am I doing something wrong or is the book wrong?



#4
Nov1807, 05:47 PM

P: 26

Projectile Problem
So can anyone help?



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