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How does mass affect the launch of a catapult and the projectile flight?

  1. Sep 21, 2009 #1
    How does mass affect the launch of a catapult and the projectile flight??

    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    How does the mass of the projectile affect the projectile as it is being lauched and after it is launched?

    Could your catapult launch a tennis ball and a boulder equally well?
    Once in flight, explain what the effect of the mass of the projectile is.

    2. Relevant equations

    N/A

    3. The attempt at a solution
    I know that the mass does not change the flight of the projectile. Right?

    I do not know what to put for it being launched though..

    If I put :

    Mass does not affect anything, would that be right?
     
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  3. Sep 21, 2009 #2
    Re: How does mass affect the launch of a catapult and the projectile flight??

    I don't really know what the question mean when it says launch equally well. Does it mean cover the same distance? Anyway this is what i think :a more massive object will have a higher momentum if both are given the same initial velocity and thus higher inertial which means air resistance will play a less significant part.
     
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