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Finding an angle of trajectory from a tangential launch.

  1. Oct 24, 2014 #1


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

    2. Relevant equations
    1/2mv^2, mgh, and basic kinematics equations

    3. The attempt at a solution
    I set the height = 0 at moment before the launch.

    To get the velocity, I used:
    energy before the ball starts accelerating (PE) = energy right before the ball leaves the ark (KE)

    I'm stuck on Part B, because I'm having trouble getting the angle of the launch.
    I set the x axis as the ground.

    Thank you for your help.
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  3. Oct 24, 2014 #2


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    The launch angle is the angle the velocity encloses with the horizontal. And you know, that the velocity is tangent to the track. You also know that the velocity around a circular track is perpendicular to the radius. launchangle.JPG
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