Projectile motion launched rocket

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Homework Statement


A rocket is fired at a speed of 75.0 m/s from ground level, at an angle of 60.5° above the horizontal. The rocket is fired toward an 11.0 m high wall, which is located 22.5 m away. The rocket attains its launch speed in a negligibly short period of time, after which its engines shut down and the rocket coasts. By how much does the rocket clear the top of the wall?


Homework Equations


V0x= V0Cos (angle)
V0y= V0Sin (angle)

x=1/2at(squared)+V0t
X(t)=vt


The Attempt at a Solution


To solve this problem I first used the first two equations to find the V0x and V0y. I ended up with 36.93 for x and 65.276 for y.

From there I used the 3rd equation considering that acceleration (a)=0 so I ended up with x=V0t or 22.5=(35.93)t. I ended up with .609 seconds.

From here I used the last equation (considering that acceleration is constant) and found that Y(t)=V0y(t) or y(t)=65.276 x .609.

My answer was 39.75. I subtracted 11 from that and ended with 28.75 which is not the correct answer.

Thanks.
 

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From here I used the last equation (considering that acceleration is constant) and found that Y(t)=V0y(t) or y(t)=65.276 x .609

My answer was 39.75. I subtracted 11 from that and ended with 28.75 which is not the correct answer.

Thanks.
Note that though you knew that there was a y-acceleration, you forgot to include it in your
calculation :wink:
 
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Oh, thanks so much!

I was thinking "this problem is not this hard, how do I keep screwing up..."
 

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