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Homework Help: How do you derive a Range prediction equation?

  1. Mar 23, 2009 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    Derive the equations for v0 and R, and show how you made your prediction.

    2. Relevant equations

    d = v0t +1/2at^2

    3. The attempt at a solution

    The acceleration was zero, so I rewrote the equation:
    R(range) = v0t

    but then they substituted t with[tex]\sqrt{\frac{2Y}{g}}[/tex] to get


    How did they get that for t?

    also note: that Y is the vertical displacement of the ball to the floor.

    let me know if I need to attach the diagram that they provided
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  3. Mar 23, 2009 #2


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    Hi genu,

    Think about what the range R means in this problem. In other words, as the object moves, the x-displacement keeps getting larger and larger until some event occurs; what event is that? The time when that occurs is what tells you how large your range is, and so the time when that occurs has to be used in your range equation. Does that help?
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