# Rock thrown off a horizontal cliff

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The question states a stone is thrown off a cliff horizontal and it eventually hits the ground. A second stone is dropped from rest at the same height and it hits the ground too. The question asks which are the following quantities are the same or different; displacement, speed right before it hits the ground and time. I know that displacement for the first stone is greater because the resultant is greater. The time, I know, is the same but I believe it is because the initial height is the same so it would take the same amount of time. What I don't get is the speed right before it hits the ground. I am guessing it has to do with the component of velocity, vx and vy but I'm not sure why. All I know for sure is for the first stone, the velocity is the same as the vy and there is no vx, and for the second stone the velocity is at an angle right before it hits the ground but why does that necessarily mean, the velocity is greater?

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lewando
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Exaggerate the situation--imagine a bullet dropped from your hand and another bullet fired horizontally from a gun. Which will have the greater speed (magnitude of resultant velocity vector) upon impact?

Exaggerate the situation--imagine a bullet dropped from your hand and another bullet fired horizontally from a gun. Which will have the greater speed (magnitude of resultant velocity vector) upon impact?
That makes way more senses.

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