Hello everyone, I am dealing with a tough problem. I place a pencil on the edge of a table and I hit it. I want it to fly as far as it is posible. I dont really know how to describe its path - how much will the the hitting cause its rotation and how much will it give the pencil velocity? There are several hidden factors that are making the problem difficult. One is that when I hit the pencil, I continue on my path, so it is just not an impulse. Another is the width of the table - the pencil jumps of it. Basically, the only thing I know for sure is that if I place the pencil on a table that has no width so that the center of mass is directly above edge of the table, then if I hit it very near of the center of gravity, it will just rotate and will not fly at all. I know that the length of the flight depends on how far is the center of mass from the edge of the table and also on where and how I hit it. I am getting really confused, though. Please, is there anyone who could help me?