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## Homework Statement

I need to find the distance traveled by a trebuchet. We were assigned to design and create one to launch a water balloon of roughly a mass of [itex]\approx50[/itex] grams. We are not allowed to test it, but must make a prediction of how far it would travel by using physics.

## The Attempt at a Solution

I was trying to factor in rotational force and the transferring of potential to kinetic energy. The potential energy within the counterweight of the trebuchet would transfer the potential energy to kinetic energy so that the balloon can be launched. And I was thinking of using the Conservation of Energy to solve for the velocity and assume that the angle it launches at with the horizontal is 45 degrees.

Am I doing this correctly? Or is there a special solution on how to do it?