Dismiss Notice
Join Physics Forums Today!
The friendliest, high quality science and math community on the planet! Everyone who loves science is here!

Air resistance with Projectile Motion.

  1. Aug 29, 2008 #1
    I have a quick question... when you launch a projectile with no air resistance, the optimal launching angle is 45 degress with no air resistance, but when you add air resistance into the equation, the optimal launching angle for distance changes. Does air resistance make this angle bigger or smaller and why?
  2. jcsd
  3. Aug 29, 2008 #2


    Staff: Mentor

    Try http://farside.ph.utexas.edu/teaching/336k/lectures/node43.html" [Broken] for a start. The conclusion is that the maximum range is obtained for shallower angles.
    Last edited by a moderator: May 3, 2017
Share this great discussion with others via Reddit, Google+, Twitter, or Facebook