Theoretical Range Equation Derivation

  • Thread starter ccsmarty
  • Start date
  • #1
17
0

Homework Statement



Derive an expression for calculating the theoretical range of the ball in terms of y, g, theta, and v0.

Homework Equations



euqations.jpg


The Attempt at a Solution



I've tried just about everything to figure this out. I started with the motion in the x-direction, and plugged the second-to-last equation in for v0x in the second equation, and then solved for "t". Then I plugged the "t" into the second equation (but for the y-direction), and tried solving for "x". But I kept getting really weird numbers. Can someone please help me out?
 

Answers and Replies

  • #2
mgb_phys
Science Advisor
Homework Helper
7,774
13
Motion in the x direction is at a constant speed, so what you are looking for is the time given by motion in the y direction.
Use s = ut + 1/2 at^2 and v^2 = u^2 + 2as to get an equation for time as a function of initial vertical velocity component. Remember that final (vertical) velocity is zero at the top of the curve.
Then plug this into the horizontal component of velocity to get a range.
 

Related Threads on Theoretical Range Equation Derivation

  • Last Post
Replies
5
Views
3K
  • Last Post
Replies
2
Views
5K
Replies
1
Views
4K
  • Last Post
Replies
3
Views
2K
  • Last Post
Replies
2
Views
4K
  • Last Post
Replies
2
Views
4K
  • Last Post
Replies
6
Views
2K
  • Last Post
Replies
12
Views
863
  • Last Post
Replies
8
Views
2K
Replies
0
Views
857
Top