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Homework Help: Projectile motion problem, need help

  1. Jun 5, 2009 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    A soccer player kicks the ball off the ground from a horizontal distance of 17 m in front of the
    goal as shown in Figure 1. He kicks the ball with a speed of 14 ms-1 at an angle of 45o to the

    http://img190.imageshack.us/img190/4143/fig.gif [Broken]

    (a) What is the maximum height reached by the ball?
    (b) How far from the goal is the ball when it is at its maximum height?
    (c) The cross bar of the goal is 2.64 m above the ground. Does the ball pass under the bar?
    (d) Can the ball be intercepted by a second player located 10 m in front of the goal
    assuming he does not travel horizontally and can reach no higher than 3 m above the

    2. Relevant equations
    Xf = Xi + Vix t
    Vy = Viy - gt
    yf - yi = Viy t - 1/2 g t^2

    3. The attempt at a solution

    I don't have problems with part A and B as i already worked them out. I just need help on how to work on part C and D as I don't have any clue near on how to approach them.

    my answers for part A was 5.001
    and for part B was 27

    I just want to learn how not to get the solution. Thanks in advance
    Last edited by a moderator: May 4, 2017
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  3. Jun 5, 2009 #2


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    The last two questions are basically of the type: calculate the height of the ball at horizontal distance X.
    What I would do then, is convert the horizontal distance to flight time t (using one of the formulas you quoted) and then plug that into one of your other formulas to get the height.
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