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Homework Help: Projectile Motion best angles

  1. Oct 6, 2008 #1
    Projectile Motion "best angles"

    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    Collect sufficient and relevant empirical data to support the claim that for any initial velocity V there is a "best angle" theta 0ba that yields the largest horizontal displacement (change in x). Support the claim that there is a "best angle" that yields the largest hang time.
    Describe why there is a best angle theta 0 ba. Why do both smaller and larger launch angles give less horizontal displacement.

    2. Relevant equations
    Well I was just given this without any real explanation and thus I don't really know what equations to use. He mentioned that there are some websites that could help with this.

    3. The attempt at a solution
    I just need some help on how I can explain why there is a best angle and why smaller and larger launch angles give less horizontal displacement.
    Last edited: Oct 6, 2008
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  3. Oct 7, 2008 #2


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    Re: Projectile Motion "best angles"

    Have a play about on http://galileoandeinstein.physics.virginia.edu/more_stuff/Applets/ProjectileMotion/jarapplet.html" [Broken] page. If you're familiar with the kinematic equations then you can set them up and try and solve for the greatest horizontal distance. or graph the distance as a function of angle.
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