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Can this be solved?

  1. Dec 5, 2006 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    A solid bowling ball rolls down a hill with a height of 12.00 meters. The end of the hill has a ramp/jump which has an unknown angle above the horizontal. When the ball leaves the ramp at the unkown angle, its speed is13.09 meters per second and travels a distance of 200.0 meters.

    I need to solve for the angle which the ball leaves the ramp, but the fact that the ball travels 200.0 meters seems like it is impossible. Is this a trick question? Does anyone have any suggestions on how I can solve for this?

    2. Relevant equations
    gravity*distance=-2V^2 * sin(theta)cos(theta)


    -Sin(2theta) = (gravity/initial velocity^2)

    ...where gravity = 10.0 meters/sec^2

    I have tried to solve this way but I don't think I can isolate theta from Sin(2
    Last edited: Dec 5, 2006
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  3. Dec 5, 2006 #2


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    Look in your handbook at the section on projectile motion. Try and find the range equation of a projectile. The range of a projectile is the horizontal distance it travels from the launching point up to the point where it hits the ground.
  4. Dec 5, 2006 #3
    I am at the point given in the equation below. Is it possible to solve for theta here? Can you use algebra to extract theta form sin(2*theta) ? What happens to sin(2 ?

    -Sin(2theta) = (gravity/initial velocity^2)
  5. Dec 5, 2006 #4


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    If you take the inverse sine of the calculated value (arcsin) you will get an angle. This angle is then twice the angle you want ([tex]2\theta _o[/tex]).

    Note that in your equation above you omitted R.
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