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Final velocity of a ball pushed by compressed airpls. help

  1. May 18, 2009 #1
    final velocity of a ball pushed by compressed air..pls. help!!

    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    Compressed air is used to fire a 1.72 kg ball vertically upward from a 1.50 m long
    tube. The air exerts a upward force of 28.7 N on the ball as long as it is in the tube.
    With what velocity does the ball leave the top of the tube?


    2. Relevant equations
    F=ma
    V12 = v02+2ad


    3. The attempt at a solution
    so i used the given mass and force to get an acceleration. then using the acceleration i plugged it in to the second equation assuming vinitial to be zero and my asnwer is coming out wrong can someone point me in the right direction thanx :))
     
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  3. May 18, 2009 #2

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    Re: final velocity of a ball pushed by compressed air..pls. help!!

    Resultant force= Upward force-downward force

    what's the downward force in this case?
     
  4. May 18, 2009 #3
    Re: final velocity of a ball pushed by compressed air..pls. help!!

    wld the downward force be the friction..but there is no mention of any friction in the question
     
  5. May 18, 2009 #4

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    Re: final velocity of a ball pushed by compressed air..pls. help!!

    if you throw a ball upwards, it does not continue to go upwards, what makes it fall back to earth? (it has a mass m and is under the influence of gravity g)
     
  6. May 18, 2009 #5
    Re: final velocity of a ball pushed by compressed air..pls. help!!

    ok but that tells us what happens after it is released they're asking for velocity just before it's released from the cannon/tube
     
  7. May 18, 2009 #6

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    Re: final velocity of a ball pushed by compressed air..pls. help!!

    When you find the resultant force, you can get the resultant acceleration...:wink:

    and in the formula [itex]v_1^2=v_0^2+2ad[/itex]

    what do you need to find to get the value for v1?
     
  8. May 18, 2009 #7
    Re: final velocity of a ball pushed by compressed air..pls. help!!

    we have the distance(1.50) and we now have an acceleration but would vinitial still be equal to zero??
     
  9. May 18, 2009 #8

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    Re: final velocity of a ball pushed by compressed air..pls. help!!

    Yes it would be safe to assume the initial velocity as zero.
     
  10. May 18, 2009 #9
    Re: final velocity of a ball pushed by compressed air..pls. help!!

    thank you so much :))
     
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