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Horizontal component of projectile motion

  1. Jan 9, 2010 #1
    Unless there wind resistance do you always treat the horizontal velocity of a projectile as constant?
  2. jcsd
  3. Jan 9, 2010 #2
    In addition to no air resistance, the other assumption is that the range is small enough so you can ignore the curvature of the earth, and make a flat earth approximation. That's what takes a trajectory that's really an ellipse and approximates it as a parabola. Then the horizontal component of velocity will be constant.
  4. Jan 9, 2010 #3
    Thanks. I got a question on a test a while ago where I knew the velocity a ball was thrown horizontally off a roof and knew how far the ball went before it landed but I couldn't do the question because I was convinced horizontal velocity wasn't constant. Ah well now I know.
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