# Solving Soccer Ball Catch: Find Avg. Speed

• lauriecherie
In summary: So the ball is in the air for 2 seconds.In summary, Cristiano Ronaldo needs to run an average of 24.73 m/s to catch the soccer ball just before it hits the ground.
lauriecherie

## Homework Statement

A soccer ball is kicked from the ground with an initial speed of 19.8 m/s at an upward angle of 45°. A player 55 m away in the direction of the kick starts running to meet the ball at that instant. What must be his average speed if he is to catch the ball just before it hits the ground?

## Homework Equations

x(t)= initial position + final velocity * time

v(t)= (acceleration * time) + initial velocity

x(t)= .5 * (acceleration * (time^2)) + (initial velocity * time) + inital position

x= initial position * (average velocity * time)

average velocity= (final velocity - initial velocity) / (2)

(final velocity^2) - (initial velocity^2) = 2 * acceleration * change in position

## The Attempt at a Solution

I came out with 11.19 but it says its wrong??

try 24.73 m/s if its right ill explain

First of all how far away does the ball land? That determines how far Cristiano Ronaldo has to run.

Then you need to determine how long the ball is in the air.

So what did you get for those?

heres my explanation anyways, it says its at 19.8 m/s at that angle, therefore the x and y components of velocity respectively will be 19.8cos45 and 19.8sin45. for the y compenent of this solve for the time the ball is in the air. that is use vf = vi +aT. therefore the time is the amount of time it is in the air, using this time and the x component of the velocity, solve for how far it goes.
now u have the x distance the ball travels. with both that distance and how far away the person is, u can solve the velocity at which the person must run to meet with the ball to catch it.

yopy said:
try 24.73 m/s if its right ill explain

Not even Theo Wolcott runs that fast.

I did it once more and came out with 6.73. Still wrong

LowlyPion said:
Not even Theo Wolcott runs that fast.

prove it

I solved for the y component and that came out to 14 m/s. I don't understand what to do with the information though. How do I solve for time using just the y component?

okay, you have 14 m/s for the y component, just imagine shooting a ball straight into the air, perpendicular with the ground, wtih 14 m/s. now, u have 14 as Vi (velocity initial) and acceleration (gravity). What equation can you use to solve for T?
once you get T, u can then multiply it by 2 to get the total time the ball is in the air.

once u have time, use your x component of velocity to solve for how far the ball travels before it touches the ground. then you can solve for how far the guy has to run to meet the ball, with that distance u have time.

lauriecherie said:
I solved for the y component and that came out to 14 m/s. I don't understand what to do with the information though. How do I solve for time using just the y component?

So how long is the ball in the air?

Figure that out first.

V = g*t and the total up and down then is t = 2*Vy/g

## 1. How do you calculate the average speed of a soccer ball catch?

The average speed of a soccer ball catch can be calculated by dividing the distance traveled by the time it took to catch the ball. This can be represented by the formula: average speed = distance / time.

## 2. What units are used to measure the average speed of a soccer ball catch?

The average speed of a soccer ball catch is typically measured in meters per second (m/s) or kilometers per hour (km/h).

## 3. Is the average speed of a soccer ball catch affected by the weight of the ball?

Yes, the weight of the ball can affect the average speed of a soccer ball catch. A heavier ball may require more force to be caught, resulting in a slower average speed.

## 4. How can the average speed of a soccer ball catch be used in game analysis?

The average speed of a soccer ball catch can be used to evaluate a player's reaction time and agility. It can also be used to compare the speed of different players or to track improvements in a player's catching ability over time.

## 5. Are there any factors that can impact the accuracy of the average speed calculation for a soccer ball catch?

Yes, there are several factors that can impact the accuracy of the average speed calculation for a soccer ball catch. These include wind conditions, the angle of the throw, and the distance between the thrower and catcher. It is important to control these variables as much as possible to ensure an accurate calculation.

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