# Baseball acceleration physics

1. Oct 2, 2006

### yankee

An autographed baseball rolls off a 1.2m high desk & strikes the floor 0.37m away from the desk. The acceleration of gravity is 9.81m/s^2. How fast was it rolling on the desk before it fell off?

2. Oct 2, 2006

### kreil

Analyze the problem vertically using the equation

$d=v_it+\frac{1}{2}at^2$

since vi is zero, solving for time yields:

$d=\frac{1}{2}at^2 \implies t=\sqrt{\frac{2d}{a}}$

Now, use this time to analyze the problem horizontally. It moved a total distance d in time t, so use the equation

$v_i=\frac{d}{t}$

and this will yield the balls initial horizontal velocity.