Find initial Velocity with only distance, angle, and acceleration.

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Homework Statement


A cannon sends a projectile towards a target
a distance 1580 m away. The initial velocity
makes an angle 24◦ with the horizontal. The
target is hit.
The acceleration of gravity is 9.8 m/s2 .
What is the magnitude of the initial veloc-
ity?
Answer in units of m/s.

How high is the highest point of the trajec-
tory?
Answer in units of m.

How long does it take for the projectile to
reach the target? (Assume no friction)
Answer in units of s.


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rl.bhat
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Collect the relevant equations for projectile motion from any source.
 
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Ive spent about 2 hours trying and trying this problem but i can't figure out the answers.
The equations i used were
Vox=VoCos0o
Voy=VoSin0o
V^2=Vo^ plus 2a(x-xo)
V=Vo plus at
 
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rl.bhat
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Since there is no acceleration in the x direction, vox remains constant.
Using the last equation you can find the time to reach the maximum height. Here V = 0, Voy = Vosinθ and a = g.
Double that time is the time of flight t.
Range of the projectile R = Vo*cosθ* t
 
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Vo is not given
 
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rl.bhat
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Vo is not given
First of all find t in terms of Vo, sinθ and g. substitute this value in the expression for R and solve for Vo.
 

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