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Homework Help: Range formula

  1. Oct 13, 2009 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    During a high school track meet, an athlete performing the long jump runs and leaps at an angle of 25 degrees and lands in a sand pit 8.5 m from his launching point. If the launch point and landing point are at the same height, y=0m, with what apeed does the athlete land?

    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution
    How do i use range formula to find initial velocity
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  3. Oct 13, 2009 #2


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    The range formula is kind of specialized to give you range if you know V, θ, and y(0). Since you know range, θ, and y(0) you could isolate v, I suppose. The algebra looks painful too me. I'd rather find v using standard kinematic equations for x-axis motion and y-axis motion--2 equations, 2 unknowns (v and T).
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