# Final velocity need help

1. Feb 14, 2010

### theoronhalde

final velocity...need help!!

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

An object is to be thrown through a window 3.25 m high a distance 8 m away. It is launched at an angle 75 degree above the horizontal.

The initial launch speed at the specified angle which will allow the projectile to pass through the window is 13.3 m/s.

What is the final speed of the object (that is, the speed at which it flies through the window)?
Y= height
Yo= initial height
Voy= initial speed
Vf= final velocity
g= gravity
t= time

2. Relevant equations
1)Y= Yo+Voy*t-(1/2)gt^2
2)Vf= Vo+at

3. The attempt at a solution

By using the y= yo+Voy*t-(1/2)gt^2 formula,
= 3.25+ (13.3sin75)t-(1/2)(-9.81)t^2
I found the time t=2.85 s

But then the answer i got by using the formula Vf= Vo+at
= 13.3+ (-9.81)(2.85)
= -14.7 m/s
IS wrong!!What is my mistake??

2. Feb 14, 2010

### tiny-tim

Welcome to PF!

Hi theoronhalde ! Welcome to PF!

(try using the X2 and X2 tags just above the Reply box )
Vfy = Voy + at

3. Feb 14, 2010

### theoronhalde

Re: final velocity...need help!!

hi!! thx a lot!!

Not sure i understand your answer? Do i have to use the formula you wrote instead of the one i was using to fnd the final velocty? I'm a bit confuse...

Last edited: Feb 14, 2010
4. Feb 14, 2010

### tiny-tim

Yes … you have to deal with the y-components separately.

(the x-component of velocity, of course is constant )

5. Feb 14, 2010

### theoronhalde

Re: final velocity...need help!!

ok s it's going to be:

Vfy= Voy+at
= 13.3sin75+ (-9.81)(2.85)
= -15.1 m/s

But how come the horizontal velocity be constant? And am I suppose to use
V=Sqrt((Vox^2)+(Vfy^2)) to find that final speed?

6. Feb 14, 2010

### tiny-tim

The horizontal acceleration is zero, so the horizontal velocity must be constant.

And yes, use Pythagoras.

7. Feb 14, 2010

### theoronhalde

Re: final velocity...need help!!

oh ok....i undestand what you are saying but i still end up with a wrong answer...here is what i did:

Vfx= Vox + at (a=0)
=13.3cos75

Vfy= Voy+at
= 13.3sin75 + (9.81)(2.85)
= -15.1

Vf= SQRT( Vfy^2 + Vfx^2)
= 15.5 m/s

The applet says that the answer is wrong :S ??

8. Feb 14, 2010

### tiny-tim

I haven't checked how you got t using Vy, but when I do it using Vx, I don't get 2.85.

9. Feb 14, 2010

### theoronhalde

Re: final velocity...need help!!

oh...i'm so lost once again. I tought we should get the time By using:
y= yo+Voy*t-(1/2)gt^2 formula,
= 3.25+ (13.3sin75)t-(1/2)(-9.81)t^2
If not can you explain me how to find the time and how to get the components Vfy and Vfx.