3. A daring cowboy sitting on a tree limb wishes to drop vertically onto a horse galloping under the tree. The speed of the horse is 10. m/s, and the distance from the limb to the saddle is 3.0 m.(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

a. What must be the horizontal distance between the saddle and the limb when the cowboy makes his move?

b. How long is the cowboy in the air?

Okay, well I am really having troubles with this problem, I am not really sure where to start or what equations would be appropriate.

Here is my attempt:

I tried to find the time it takes to fall the 3.0m first, it didn't work too well.

d=.5at^2+Vit

3.0m= (-4.9m/s^2)t^2+(10m/s)t

now I am just confused, I don't even think I started the problem well. how do I solve for the t? Ahhh, please help!

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# Homework Help: Kinematics Problem on cowboy

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