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Landing distance

  1. Jul 7, 2008 #1
    A mouse is being chased by a cat across a table of height 1.5 m. Before the mouse was about to be eaten, it deftly steps off the table edge, while the cat zooms by and off the table at 5 m/s. How far from the mouse does the cat land?

    I don't know how to do this question, because the mouse's velocity is not given. Could it be that they land at the same place?
     
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  3. Jul 7, 2008 #2

    Hootenanny

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    If the mouse simply 'steps off' the table, then it is safe to assume that it's initial velocity is zero, as for a ball being 'dropped' from a given height.
     
  4. Jul 7, 2008 #3
    okay thanks! now i know how to do the question =)
     
  5. Jul 7, 2008 #4
    Okay i just tried doing the problem. Just need to clarify some things, are both the mouse's initial horizontal and vertical velocity zero then? for the cat is the horizontal velocity 5 while the inital vertical velocity is 0?
     
  6. Jul 7, 2008 #5

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    Sounds good to me :approve:
     
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