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A projectile is launched upward from the ground at 60 m/s.
a. How long will it take to reach its highest point?
b.) How high does it go?
c.) How long does it take to hit the ground?
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A projectile is launched upward from the ground at 60 m/s. a. How long will it take to reach its highest point? b.) How high does it go? c.) How long does it take to hit the ground?
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Yahoo!Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
Time = u sin 60 /g H = u^2 sin^2 60 /2g T = 2u sin 60/g
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ERoseMBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
Thank you but how did you get time and what does the u stand for?
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ERoseMBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
I'm sorry I don't understand the u?
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Thank you but I'm still confused.
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wioBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1
Okay, we start out with the fundamental idea that everything falls at constant acceleration. We'll call this constant acceleration (with respect to time) \(a\). We'll plug it in for the real value later.
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wioBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1
The velocity is the going to be the anti derivative: \[ v(t) = \int a dt = at+C \]We need to find the constant of integration. Suppose the initial velocity is \(v_0\) (we'll plug it in later). \[ v(0) = v_0 = a(t) +C = C \]So our constant of integration is just the initial velocity \(v_0\). We now have the following equation: \[ v(t) = at + v_0 \]Which is enough to answer question part a
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wioBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1
a. How long will it take to reach its highest point? < Well, the highest point is going to be the maximum position. Remember to find the maximum of a function, you need to find the critical number (when the derivative equals 0). Since velocity is the derivative of position with respect to time, we just need to set it to 0 to find critical numbers: \[ 0 = at + v_0 \implies at = v_0 \implies t = v_0/a \]So the amount of time it will take is just the initial velocity divided by acceleration. Don't worry about that negative sign. Since initial velocity is upward and gravity is downward, the negatives will cancel out. We will get a positive time value.
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b.) How high does it go? < For this we need our position function. Again we find the antiderivative.\[ x(t) = \int v(t)dt = \int at+v_0dt = \frac{1}{2}at^2+v_0t+C \]We have another constant of integration. Again we'll suppose the initial distance of \(x_0\). \[ x(0) = x_0 = \frac{1}2{}a(0)^2 + v_0(0) + C = C \]So once again, our constant of integration is just the initial value. \[ x(t) = \frac{1}{2}at^2+v_0t+x_0 \] We know it will reach it's highest value at \(t = v_0/a\), so let's plug that in: \[ \begin{split} x(v_0/a) &= \frac{1}{2}a(v_0/a)^2+v_0(v_0/a)+x_0 \\ &= \frac{1}{2}\frac{v_0^2}{a}\frac{v_0^2}{a}+x_0 \\ &= \frac{1}{2}\frac{v_0^2}{a}+x_0 \\ &= \frac{v_0^2}{2a}+x_0 \\ \end{split} \] So we have our max distance being: \[ x_{max} = \frac{v_0^2}{2a}+x_0 \]
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ERoseMBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
Okay, I understand that.
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Now how do I apply real numbers?
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ERoseMBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
Like where does the sixty actually belong?
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wioBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1
c.) How long does it take to hit the ground? < So we will call the position of the ground \(x_g\). We need to solve for \(t\) given \(x(t) = x_g\)\[ x_g = \frac{1}{2}at^2 + v_0t +x_0 \implies 0 = \frac{1}{2}at^2 + v_0t +x_0 x_g \]This is just the root of a quadratic equation. \[ \begin{split} t &= \frac{(v_0)\pm \sqrt{(v_0)^24(\frac{1}{2}a))(x_0x_g)}}{2(\frac{1}{2}a)} \\ &= \frac{v_0\pm \sqrt{v_0^22a(x_0x_g)}}{a} \end{split} \] This is giving us two times. The earlier time is just when the projectile left the ground, we want the later time, when it hits the ground. Since the \(\sqrt{\ }\) is going to yield a positive value, we set the \(\pm \) to \(+\) to get the later time. \[ t=\frac{v_0 + \sqrt{v_0^22a(x_0x_g)}}{a} \]
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wioBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1
Now we can plug in actual numbers. What we need are \[ a \\ v_0 \\ x_0 \\ x_g \]
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wioBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1
Let's say that upward means 'positive' position, and downward means 'negative' position. \(a\) is gravitational acceleration downward. \(9.8m/s^2\) \(v_0\) is our initial velocity: \(60m/s\) \(x_0\) is our initial position: \(0m\) \(x_g\) is the position of the ground: \(0m\)
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wioBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1
Taking a second look... I think we should try both signs of \(\pm\) rather than just the \(+\), my assumption that that \(+\) version would be higher was incorrect.
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Recap: \[ \begin{array}{rcl} t_{top} &=& v_0/a \\ x_{top} &=& \frac{v_0^2}{2a}+x_0 \\ t_{ground} &=& \max\left(\frac{v_0+ \sqrt{v_0^22a(x_0x_g)}}{a}, \frac{v_0 \sqrt{v_0^22a(x_0x_g)}}{a} \right) \\ a &=& 9.8m/s^2 \\ v_0 &=& 60m/s \\ x_0 &=& 0m \\ x_g &=& 0m \end{array} \]
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