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Homework Help: Terribly Simple Question About Projectiles

  1. Mar 26, 2006 #1
    If a projectile is launched horizontally, and has initial velocity X, then is launched with the same force from an angle, let's say 45 degrees, would the initial resultant velocity (at time=0) still be X?
     
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  3. Mar 26, 2006 #2

    Pengwuino

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    Let's say you fire something at 0 degrees with a velocity of 500m/s in the horizontal direction. Do you believe it will be traveling at 500m/s in the horizontal direction if you fire the same canon and projectile at 89 degrees?
     
  4. Mar 26, 2006 #3
    Well, that makes my question sound REALLY simple. And no, I think it would go 500m/s at 89 degrees.
     
  5. Mar 26, 2006 #4

    Pengwuino

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    Yes, no matter what angle you fire this projectile, it will always exit that cannon at 500m/s. The only thing that will change is the horizontal and vertical components
     
  6. Mar 26, 2006 #5
    Yeah, that's what I thought. Thank you so much.
     
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