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Homework Help: Projectile Motion spring launch

  1. Oct 12, 2015 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    I am trying to find the force needed from a spring to launch a mass of 800g to a length of 0.875m. This launch would be at the optimum angle of 45º. I am aware of all projectile motion equations but am having difficulty linking them to force and thus solving the problem itself.

    2. Relevant equations
    v^2=u^2+2as, v=u+at, s=ut+1/2at^2

    3. The attempt at a solution
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  3. Oct 12, 2015 #2


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    You need to break the problem into two parts.

    Part 1: Use projectile motion equations to calculate the required launch velocity.
    Part 2: Use spring equations to work out how to achieve that velocity over whatever length of spring compression is available.

    You don't appear to have enough information in the problem statement.
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