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Homework Help: Projectile Fired at Stationary Target from Moving Base

  1. Jan 20, 2006 #1
    I am trying to come up with an equation to determine the azimuth and incline a turret must be at to hit a stationary target of known distance and elevation when you know the initial velocity and mass of the projectile and the velocity of the base holding the turret. I am trying to program a robot to have this capability, but was never very good at physics.
    Any help would be greatly appreciated,
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  3. Jan 20, 2006 #2


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    ignoring air resistance,
    the vertical component of velocity is reduced by 9.8 m/s each second;
    the horizontal component of velocity is constant... but the velocity of the base is added to the typical velocity of projectile .

    depending on the scale of this robot, air resistance might be important ....
    Last edited: Jan 20, 2006
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