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A third baseman makes a throw to first base 38m away. The ball leaves his hand with a speed of 36m/s at a height of 1.7 meters from the ground and making an angle of 14 degrees with the horizontal.

a) Determine how high the ball is (from the ground) when it gets to the first base.

b) Is the throw successful

No equations given.

__My shot at the problem__a) It would be a parabolic function because of its projectile nature. Thus the equation using H,R is y=a(x-1/2R)^2 + H. where a = -g/2(V0)cos^2(theta).

First i solved R:

R=Vo^2(sin(2theta))/g

=(36m/s)^2(sin(28))/9.8m/s2

= 62.085m

Then i solved for H

I used h as H-1.7 due to the fact that the curve only applies to that area over the basemans arm to the next point where H = 1.7.

h=Vo^2(sin^2(theta))/2g

h=(36m/s)^2(sin^2(14))/19.6m/s2

h=3.87 + 1.7= H= 5.57

So here's the parabolic function now:

y= (-(9.8m/s2)/2(36m/s)^2(cos^2(14deg)))(x-.5(62.085m))+ 5.57m

y= (-.004 no units)(x-31.0425m)+5.57m

f(38 [length from 3rd to 1st baseman]) = (-.004*6.9575)+5.57 {m}

f(28) = 5.54217 m above the base.

So therefore i got the answer to b) being that no, the catch wasn't made because the ball is three times higher than a normal human height (1.8m), thus the catch was not made.

Hopefully i can get help with this... i appreciate it.