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Homework Help: Projectile Motion - Incline Plane

  1. Oct 22, 2006 #1
    A person stands at the base of a hill that is a straight incline making an angle x with the horizontal. For a given initial speed v, at what angle y (to the horizontal) should objects be thrown so that the distance d they land up the hill is as large as possible?

    I realise that tan x = vertical displacement/horizontal displacement, and d^2=horizontal distance^2+vertical distance^2. But no matter how do I manipulate the equation, it seems that I can't get rid of the variable t. Any help would be aprreciated.
     
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  3. Oct 22, 2006 #2
    You don't say enough about what you have done for me to figure out where you are in solving this problem.

    The objects will follow a parabolic trajectory (I'm sure you know this). So perhaps starting with that would be a good first step.

    Dorothy
     
  4. Oct 22, 2006 #3

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    If you write your usual equations for your horizontal(dx) and vertical(dy) components in you should have something of the form;

    [tex]d_{x}=v_{i}\cos(x)t[/tex]

    Do the same for your vertical component. You now have two functions of time. Also note that;

    [tex]d_{x}=d\cos(y)[/tex]

    and

    [tex]d_{y}=d\sin(y)[/tex]

    You should then equate the appropriate formulae and then manipulate your horizontal displacement into some of the form t=.... Can you go from here and figure out the last step yourself?
     
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