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Homework Help: What formulas do i use to solve this

  1. Feb 15, 2017 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    Bubba sees a bird sitting on a branch. He throws a rock at the bird. The rock is thrown at a
    velocity of 6.25 m/s and an angle of 50.1º with respect to horizontal. The bird is sitting on a
    branch a distance of 0.877 meters above Bubba's hand and 2.02 meters horizontally from his
    hand. How high above or below the bird does the rock pass?
    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution
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  3. Feb 26, 2018 #2
    For this problem I advise you split up your velocity into vector components and solve for Vx and Vy, where Vx=Vcosθ and Vy=Vsinθ. Then use the definition of Velocity: V=d/t and solve for that using your Vx vector component and your distance along the horizontal to find the time the rock is in the air. Then use the equation Y=Vy(t)+1/2gt^2 to find the height it climbs to at the time you solved for earlier, keeping in mind that g is your acceleration due to gravity. Then subtract the value you get for Y from the height the bird is above Bubba's hand. Let me know if this helps or I need to explain further :)
  4. Feb 26, 2018 #3


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  5. Feb 26, 2018 #4


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    You surely have been taught some equations applicable to constant acceleration motion.
    They are often referred to as the SUVAT equations. Google that if you are not familiar with the term.
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