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Physics problem

  1. Sep 15, 2004 #1
    physics problem....

    A hunter aims directly at a target (on the same level) 100m away.
    a) If the bullet leaves the gun at a speed of 250m/s, by how much will it miss the target?
    b) At what angle should the gun be aimed so the target will be hit?

    Any help would be great. Thanks.
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  3. Sep 15, 2004 #2


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    What have you done so far?
  4. Sep 15, 2004 #3
    I set up the axis where the hunter is Y meters up and the target is also Y meters up to 100m to the right.
    The X component of the velocity is 250m/s and Y component is 0.

    For part a)
    I used the distance formular in the Y and X components so:
    Y = Yi + vi*t + 1/2*a*t^2.
    X = Xi + vi*t + 1/2*a*t^2.

    a in the X component = 0

    From the X component of the distance formular I solved for time =0.4s.
    Then I plug in the time into the Y component of the distance formula and got 39.2m.

    I'm not sure where to start for part b).
  5. Sep 15, 2004 #4


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    Note that given initial speed V0, and angle a to the horizontal, we may write:
    Initial horizontal velocity: V0cos(a)
    Initial vertical velocity: V0sin(a)

    Find the time T from the horizontal component (that is, which yields final horizontal position equal to 100)
    Determine a by requiring that at this time T, final vertical position must be zero (equal to initial level)
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