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Homework Help: Projectile Question

  1. Sep 20, 2007 #1
    Does anyone know why, mathematically, a projectile gets the maximum range when launched at 45 degrees?
     
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  3. Sep 20, 2007 #2

    Doc Al

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    Can you derive the range of a projectile in terms of launch angle? (If not, read this: Range of Trajectory) Once you do that, you can find the maximum using basic calculus.
     
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