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Projectile motion of a bullet question

  1. Oct 3, 2009 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    A hunter aims his gun at a monkey hanging from a high tree branch some distance away. At the instant the gun is shot the monkey drops from the branch, hoping to avoid the bullet. Assume there is no air resistance. Show analytically, using variables, that the monkey made the wrong move.


    2. Relevant equations
    d=V1t+1/2(a)t^2
    Vvertical=V*sin(theta)


    3. The attempt at a solution
    dbullet=vbullet-4.9t^2
    dmonkey=-4.9t^2

    dmonkey=dbullet-vbullet

    after this attempt I really have no idea what to do. I also subbed in made up values the speed and angle of the bullet to find vertical components but it was ineffective. Any help would be much appreciated.
     
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  3. Oct 3, 2009 #2

    mgb_phys

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    Calculate the height above the ground of the bullet with time, do the same for the monkey - if these are the same then that's probably bad news for the monkey.
     
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