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Homework Help: Tennis ball example

  1. Jul 11, 2006 #1
    a tennis ball is hit from a height h above the ground with a speed V and at an angle alpha to the horizontal. it hits a wall at a horizontal distance d away . Air resistance is negligible

    can any one find expressions for the height and velocity of the bal when it his the wall for me to compare?

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  3. Jul 11, 2006 #2
    try resolving the velocity into horizontal and vertical components. then see what you can do with the suvat equations.
  4. Jul 11, 2006 #3
    This is the case of simplified projectile motion, let me give you a crash course somewhat quickly.

    If we assume gravity is the only acting force on the ball then the horizontal component of its velocity is a constant since the gravitational force is assumed to be entriely vertical. (downwards of course)

    Thus Vx = Vo*cos(alpha)

    Where Vo is the initial velocity and alpha is the launch angle measured TOWARDS the upward vertical FROM the horizontal in the direction of motion.

    Vx is the x component of velocity

    By applying some basic kinematics we find Vy = Voy*sin(alpha) - g*t

    From the pythagorean theorem V = sqrt(Vx^2+Vy^2)

    now the goal for you is to find the time at which the ball has traveled a distance d.

    I'll give you a hint:

    set D = Vo*cos(alpha)*t and solve for t.

    Notice that the displacement kinematic equations given the assumptions are:

    X = Vo*cos(alpha)*t
    Y = Vo*sin(alpha)*t - 1/2*g*t^2

    Assume you start at (x,y) = (0,0) and you will end at the point (D,h)
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