How Do You Calculate the Horizontal Component and Flight Time of a Baseball?

In summary, the conversation discusses a scenario in which a second baseman throws a ball to the first baseman at an initial speed of 21.0 m/s and an angle of 35.0° above the horizontal. The question then asks for the horizontal component of the ball's velocity just before it is caught and the duration of the ball's flight. The concept of projectile motion is suggested to understand the forces and path of the ball.
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A second baseman tosses the ball to the first baseman, who catches it at the same level from which it was thrown. The throw is made with an initial speed of 21.0 m/s at an angle of 35.0° above the horizontal. (Neglect air resistance.)
(a) What is the horizontal component of the ball's velocity just before it is caught?
m/s
(b) How long is the ball in the air?
s

I am completely lost how to start this problem, I do not even know what a horizontal component is! Any help is appreciated. Can someone please tell me how to start this?
 
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Recall what you have learned about vectors. Motion in two dimensions has two components. I suggest drawing a picture of the motion of the ball; it may help you see the relationship between the forces acting on it and its path through space.
 
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You can use the search button with the words 'projectile motion', and you'll find lots of useful threads.
 
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Im still so confused!
 
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Can someone please give me an example? Searching for projectile motion hasnt helped very much at all
 
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