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Cannonball question!

  1. Jul 20, 2009 #1

    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    A 3 tonne cannon fires a 20kg cannonball horizontally at a speed of 250m/s at a target 200 metres away. The cannon is 1 metre above ground level
    a. Determine the recoil velocity of the cannon.
    b. Assuming the cannon is wel aimed, will the cannon ball hit the target before it strikes the ground?

    2. Relevant equations
    a. I am unsure about this one, but would you determine the force of the cannon firing the cannonball and incorporate Newton's third law?

    b. Would you determine the time for the cannonball to hit the target and the time for it to hit the ground? I am unsure which equation to use for this one as well:confused:

    3. The attempt at a solution
    Kind of answered this is relevant equations:blushing:
    Last edited: Jul 20, 2009
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  3. Jul 20, 2009 #2


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    The first part uses conservation of momentum. There are no forces involved because the velocity is constant.

    Anything related to mass (including force) is unnecessary for the second part as it is just a kinematics problem. You're already given initial velocity [tex]v_{0x}=250\frac{m}{s}[/tex] and [tex]v_{0y}=0\frac{m}{s}[/tex]. If you're assuming there's no air resistance, then [tex]v_{0x}[/tex] is constant so [tex]x(t)=v_{0x}t[/tex] and [tex]y(t)=-\frac{g}{2}t^{2}+v_{0y}t+y_{0}[/tex].
  4. Jul 20, 2009 #3
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