# Height and Range of a projectile

A projectile is fired at a speed v0 from and angle $$\theta$$ above the horizontal. It has a maximum height H and a range R (on level ground)
Find:
The angle $$\theta$$ above the horizontal in terms of H and R

The initial speed in terms of H, R and g

and the time of the projectile in terms of H and g.

Relevant Equations:
Hmax= $$\frac{\left(v0sin\theta\right)^{2}}{2g}$$
R = $$\frac{v0^{2}sin2\theta}{g}$$

Attempt at a solution:

From the maximum height equation: v0sin$$\theta$$=$$\sqrt{2gh}$$
and from the Range equation: v0cos$$\theta$$= $$\frac{gR}{2v0sin\theta}$$

then we have v0cos$$\theta$$= $$\frac{gR}{\sqrt{2gH}}$$

Then tan$$\theta$$= $$\frac{v0sin\theta}{v0cos\theta}$$ = $$\frac{2H}{R}$$

so then $$\theta$$ = tan$$^{-1}$$$$\frac{2H}{R}$$

Then for the second question, I have v0 = $$\sqrt{\frac{gR}{sin2\theta}}$$
Then I dont know how to convert it to just be in terms of g, H and R

For the third question I am getting: t = $$\frac{2vosin\theta}{g}$$

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## Homework Statement

A projectile is fired at a speed v0 from and angle $$\theta$$ above the horizontal. It has a maximum height H and a range R (on level ground)
Find:
The angle $$\theta$$ above the horizontal in terms of H and R

The initial speed in terms of H, R and g

and the time of the projectile in terms of H and g.

## Homework Equations

Hmax= $$\frac{\left(v0sin\theta\right)^{2}}{2g}$$
R = $$\frac{v0^{2}sin2\theta}{g}$$

## The Attempt at a Solution

From the maximum height equation: v0sin$$\theta$$=$$\sqrt{2gh}$$
and from the Range equation: v0cos$$\theta$$= $$\frac{gR}{2v0sin\theta}$$

then we have v0cos$$\theta$$= $$\frac{gR}{\sqrt{2gH}}$$

Then tan$$\theta$$= $$\frac{v0sin\theta}{v0cos\theta}$$ = $$\frac{2H}{R}$$

so then $$\theta$$ = tan$$^{-1}$$$$\frac{2H}{R}$$

Then for the second question, I have v0 = $$\sqrt{\frac{gR}{sin2\theta}}$$
Then I dont know how to convert it to just be in terms of g, H and R

For the third question I am getting: t = $$\frac{2vosin\theta}{g}$$

You know from this equation, Hmax= $$\frac{\left(v0sin\theta\right)^{2}}{2g}$$, that

v0sin(theta) = sqrt(2Hg)

So plug sqrt(2Hg) into:

t = $$\frac{2vosin\theta}{g}$$

to get:

t = 2sqrt(2Hg)/g = 2sqrt(2H/g)

tiny-tim
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Welcome to PF!

Hi clarineterr! Welcome to PF! (have a theta: θ )
Find:

The initial speed in terms of H, R and g

and the time of the projectile in terms of H and g.

Then tan$$\theta$$= $$\frac{v0sin\theta}{v0cos\theta}$$ = $$\frac{2H}{R}$$

so then $$\theta$$ = tan$$^{-1}$$$$\frac{2H}{R}$$

For the third question I am getting: t = $$\frac{2vosin\theta}{g}$$

you know tanθ in terms of H R and g, so you simply need to express sin2θ and sinθ in terms of tanθ.

Hint: use sin = cos tan, and cos = 1/sec, and sec2 = tan2 + 1 I got

$$\sqrt{\frac{gR^{2}}{4H}\left(\frac{4H^{2}}{R^{2}}+1\right)}$$

??? I dont know if I simplified this right

tiny-tim
Yup, that looks good! (and now how about your t = 2v0sinθ/g ? )