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Homework Help: Help in undrstanding this solution

  1. Dec 20, 2008 #1
    i got a ball with insignificant mass which is being thrown in angle beta
    from the top of a slope
    how much times this ball will bounce on this slope??

    i understand the solution till some point
    from which i dont understand what are they doing?

    http://img376.imageshack.us/img376/745/28160523vc9.gif [Broken]
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  3. Dec 20, 2008 #2


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    When the ball bounces, the x component of its velocity is unchanged, and the y component changes sign (from negative to positive). Then, with these initial conditions, it just follows the usual parabolic trajectory until the next bounce.
  4. Dec 21, 2008 #3
    so by your words i can understand that their X axes is parralel to the slope
    and the y axex is perpandicular to it.

    in that case y cannot be negative.

    first the constructed equations for the flight in X axes and Y axes
    and the calculated the time which took the object from the lift of
    to the landing.

    after that they give a weird absolute value equations
  5. Dec 21, 2008 #4


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    The solution does not make sense to me. Where did you get it from? They seem to assume that the value of Vy at each bounce is the same but that does not make sense since the force of gravity will accelerate the particle.
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