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B Finding length of an arc produced by projectile

  1. Feb 15, 2017 #1
    So I decided to try deriving a general formula for fun. Being a high school student, the calculus got scary very fast. At this point, I'm just curious as to what the best approach to this might be. The approach I used was finding y as a function of x and then inputting it into the arc length formula. I eventually derived a very complicated formula that I think is wrong. I don't know very much about calculus as everything I've learned about it I've learned through the internet. Would this approach work? Is there a better way? If so what is the correct formula?
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  3. Feb 16, 2017 #2


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    You should post what you've done as homework. It's not possible to help without seeing what you've done.
  4. Feb 16, 2017 #3


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    Arc length question is best posed as a math question - not physics.
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