(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); 1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

A daring ranch hand sitting on a tree limb wishes to drop vertically onto a horse galloping under the tree. The constant speed of the horse is 12.0 m/s, and the distance from the limb to the level of the saddle is 2.00 m.

What must be the horizontal distance between the saddle and limb when the ranch hand makes his move?

____ m

(b) How long is he in the air?

____ s

2. Relevant equations

x(t) = x_0 + v_0(t) + (1/2)(a)(t)^2

3. The attempt at a solution

For (a) I've tried to plug numbers into the equation above

x(t) = 0 + 12(.639) + (1/2)(-9.8)(.639)^2

x= 5.67 ... but that was incorrect

for (b) I used the equation (1/2)(a)(t)^2 and got t = .639 s

I don't know what I'm doing wrong for part (a), can someone please teach me? Thanks.

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# Horizontal distance problem, please help!

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