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Homework Help: Ballistic Motion problem

  1. Aug 31, 2008 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    The start point of a ballistic launcer is h1 = 18 cm above its launch point (including the correction for the starting angle) and the launch point is h2 = 35 cm above the bench top. A steel ball rolled down the launcher has a mass of 10.2 g. Answer the following question:

    Calculate the impact distance when UNC = 0.00216 J. Express your answer in cm

    2. Relevant equations

    l^2 = ((20/7)(h1-(UNC/mg))h2
    l = impact distance
    g= gravity 9.81
    m= 10.2 g
    h1 = 18 cm
    h2 = 35 cm
    UNC = given

    3. The attempt at a solution

    I plugged in the numbers and solved for l (impact distance) and got ) 42.43 cm, but for some reason the computer program I am plugging it into says its wrong. Can you help me out please? Thanks!
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  3. Aug 31, 2008 #2
    I don't get 42.43 cm, though I get something similar when i start leaving the units in the form they're in.

    Mass is given in grams and h1 and h2 in cm.. convert all to SI units and then back to cm. The formula is a wee bit more complicated than need be... since 35cm = 0.35m = 7/20 you only need worry about h1 - (UNC/mg) = l^2

    If this is your only concern then i hope this sorts things out... i'm not quite sure i understand the problem myself but as far as plugging numbers into that formula there seems to definitely be some issues with units...
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