Problem: In a military test, a 575 kg unmanned spy plane is traveling north at an altitude of 2700m and a speed of 450m/s . It is intercepted by a 1280kg rocket traveling east at 725m/s. If the rocket and the spy plane become enmeshed in a tangled mess, where, relative to the point of impact, do they hit the ground? Give the direction as an angle east of north.(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

The relevant equations I used were the momentum equations in the x and y direction which are Px = m1v1 = (m1 + m2)vfx and Py = m2v2 = (m1 + m2)vfy. Then I used the equations to find the mag of Vf and the ø of the equation.

I was able to get the ø to be 74.4 in the east of North direction and then I got the Vf = 519.38. I know that thats the Vi for a projectile motion equation but I cannot figure out what I am doing wrong. I keep getting answers close to 14 km. What mistakes am I making!?

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# Homework Help: Projectile Motion Problem with Momentum

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