My teacher gave me a project that requires us to find the angle that "produces the maximum range for a trebuchet with a release speed of 50 m/s."(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

My (Delta)h value is +46 and I have to calculate the range produced by 5 different angles, graph it, and find the best angle to a hundredth of a degree. I'm going to calculate for the angles 5, 25, 45, 65 and 85.

My Questions:

1) Are there any formulae or techniques that would allow me to figure out the best angle in advance? I know my teacher is a perfectionist and DEMANDS absolute accuracy! Would this formula work? I used it and got a value of 51.3542 degrees. http://scitation.aip.org/servlet/GetImg?key=PHTEAH000043000002000098000001%3A0%3A2%3A28&t=a&d=a [Broken]

2) My (delta)h value is +46, my teacher said "it would apply to a group trying to target a castle 50 meters above them." Does that mean (delta)y is equal to +46?

Thanks in Advance ^_^

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