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Projectile Angle and Distance problem

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Homework Statement



A projectile was launched from the top of a 100m tower upward at an angle theta to the horizontal with an initial velocity of 36m/s. The time of flight of the projectile was 8 seconds.

Determine:
i) The angle of projection
ii) The maximum height reached by the projectile

Homework Equations



S=ut+1/2at^2

The Attempt at a Solution



I am used to solving these questions when i am not given time but given both the horizontal and vertical distances. At which I use the quadratic formula to solve for theta. However in this case I can not do that as when i split my horizontal and vertical components and apply the above equations I am left with these.

Horizontally
S=36cos(?)*8

Vertically
-100=36sin(?)*8+0.5*-9.81*64

I have tried rearranging the vertical formulas to solve for theta

-1/2*-9.81*64-100/8=36sin(?)
301.42 = 36*sin(?)
sin-1(36/301.42) = 6.85 degrees

I really don't think that the answer is correct. The lecture who set the question will not give any answers.
 

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TSny
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Vertically
-100=36sin(?)*8+0.5*-9.81*64
OK

I have tried rearranging the vertical formulas to solve for theta

-1/2*-9.81*64-100/8=36sin(?)
You have only the 100 being divided by 8. But is that correct?
 
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Yeah. Only the 100 divided by 8. Im thinking that maybe 6.85 degrees is the correct angle for a projectile to fall from 100 metres in 8 seconds.
 
  • #4
TSny
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Only the 100 divided by 8.
Check the algebra on this. I don't think it's correct to have just the 100 divided by 8.
 
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Im not exactly sure on the rerrangment to solve for U. As i thought my 1st rearrange was correct.

I tried the rearrange dividing the whole thing by 8 = sin-1(26.74/36) = 47.96 degrees.

I tried the rearrange dividing by 16 from 1/2*8 under everything = sin-1(36/60.76) = 36.33 degrees
 
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s = ut + 1/2at^2
ut = s - 1/2at^2
u = (s - 1/2at^2)/t
36sin(?) = (-100-1/2*-9.81*64)/8

Sin(?)= 26.74/36
Sin-1(26.74/36) = (?)
 
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s = ut + 1/2at^2
ut = s - 1/2at^2
u = (s - 1/2at^2)/t
36sin(?) = (-100-1/2*-9.81*64)/8

Sin(?)= 26.74/36
Sin-1(26.74/36) = (?)
That looks correct.
 
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