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  1. Feb 4, 2004 #1
    I have two problems that I need help with.

    1) A baseball leaves a bat with a velocity of 35 m/s at an angle of 32 degrees. (A) What is the highest point in its path? (B) When will it strike a billboard in center field 8 m above the playing field.

    Here's what I have for step (A):
    Vf² - Vi²/2a= (0m/s)² - (35m/s)² / 19.6m/s²= -62.5 m

    For step (B), would it just be: t=d/v= 8m/35m/s= .229 s ?

    2) A rifle bullet is fired in a horizontal direction and strikes the bull's-eye 50m down range. The center of the bull's-eye is 100mm below the rifle's line of sight. What was the muzzle velocity of the bullet?

    I don't even know where to begin for this problem.

    If anyone can guide me in the right direction for these two problems it would be appreciated. Thank you!
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  3. Feb 4, 2004 #2
    Remember in your first question, you are only dealing with the Y direction when you are concerned with hieght. You must take sin of the angle. Then go from their.

  4. Feb 5, 2004 #3


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    For part A, you have to make a formula that is specific to velocity in 1 direction - Y. Just completely ignore the X direction.
    Vy = 35sin(32)
    Now just fill in one of the formulas you already know.

    [tex]V_f^2 = V_i^2 + 2ad[/tex]

    [tex]d = \frac{V_f^2 - V_i^2}{2a}[/tex]

    [tex]d = \frac{0 - (35sin(32))^2}{2(-9.81)}[/tex]

    d = 17.533m <------ highest point

    For part B, just fill in that distance formula; using 35sin(32) as the velocity.

    [tex]d = V_it + \frac{1}{2}at^2[/tex]

    I personally cannot answer this one without cheating and using my graphing calculator.... I can't figure out how to isolate t

    What an intereting question.
    Start off by finding the time it took for the bullet to drop that vertical distance. I could probably just use the distance formula but as said before, isolating t is tricky.

    [tex]V_f^2 = Vi^2 + 2ad[/tex]

    [tex]V_f^2 = 2(9.81)(0.1)[/tex]

    Vf = 1.4007m/s

    Now find the time it took to get that speed

    [tex]V_f = V_i + at[/tex]

    [tex]t = \frac{V_f - V_i}{a}[/tex]

    [tex]t = \frac{1.4007}{9.81}[/tex]

    t = 0.14278s

    Now find horizontal speed

    [tex]v = \frac{d}{t}[/tex]

    [tex]v = \frac{50}{0.14278}[/tex]

    v = 350.1785m/s

    That's about 1050ft/s which sounds reasonable for a muzzle velocity.
    Last edited: Feb 5, 2004
  5. Feb 5, 2004 #4


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    Re: Re: Can Anyone Help?

    You don't know how to solve a quadratic equation?

    [tex] d= 8= 35sin(32) t- 4.9t^2[/tex]
    [tex] 8= 18.54 t- 4.9t^2[/tex]
    [tex] 4.9 t^2- 18.54 t+ 8= 0[/tex]

    Use the quadratic formula.
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