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Elementary Physics

Discussion in 'Channel Zero' started by Dr. Dazzle, Oct 4, 2005.

  1. Dr. Dazzle

    Dr. Dazzle Veteran Member

    Joined: Nov 19, 2001 Messages: 8,147 Likes Received: 3
    Alright, so I'm taking highschool physics since I didn't take it in highschool, and there's a couple questions on this assignment that I can't seem to solve. Now these are pretty simple questions but since I'm the most retarded person when it comes to math/science/physics, I turn to you, oh wise 12oz nerds, to lend a helping hand. This will probably turn in to a regular thing, since I have a whole semester of this shit.

    1. Ideal projectile problem where the initial and final heights are the same. Consider a projectile launcher which fires an object at an angle of 41.0 degrees at a velocity of 10.2 m/s. What is the horizontal distance travelled and velocity just before it lands?

    I've solved for the V initial in the Y and X directions. I think the whole intial and final heights being the same thing is throwing me off. Does that mean that the displacement in the Y direction is cancelled out?What formula would I use? This is the information I've got for the Y direction:

    a = -9/81 m/s^2
    d = ??
    Vo = 10.2 m/s
    Vf = ??
    t = ??

    I think I know how to solve for Vf and time, so do I do that and then solve for d?

    2. A cannon at an angle of 35 degrees fires a cannon ball through a hoop that is 19.6 m away at a height of 2.3 m. What is the initial velocity and the maximum height the ball will reach?

    This one I'm just plain fucked with. How can you find the X and Y components without the Vo?

    Yeah any help would be greatly appreciated. Sorry if these are easy questions, I told you, I'm an idiot.


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  2. Xeroshoes

    Xeroshoes Senior Member

    Joined: Apr 16, 2001 Messages: 1,413 Likes Received: 0
    1. Solve for the vertical and horizontal components of initial velocity, using the angle and your knowledge of trigonometry. The acceleration due to gravity acts only on the vertical component, so the horizontal component remains constant. Since the final height is the same, the final velocity will also be the same, but the vertical component will be directed downward rather than upward. Now you solve for the time. The total time is simply the time it takes for the acceleration due to gravity to reduce the vertical component to zero, then back to the same speed but in the opposite direction. That is, at = 2*Vo(Vertical Component.) Solve this for t. Once you have t, simply multiply it by the horizontal component of the initial velocity, and you will have the horizontal distance traveled. I think that's all correct.
  3. !@#$%

    !@#$% Moderator Crew

    Joined: Oct 1, 2002 Messages: 18,517 Likes Received: 621
    effing crashes

    that's good advice

    physics is all about problem solving
    and being able to make educated guesses and assumptions

    get ready to figure shit out, that a formula will not tell you
    and the problem doesn't make obvious

    (such as the initial/final heights and velocities being the same, factoring in for the gravity in some problems as acceleration, and angles of projectiles)
  4. Kr430n5_666

    Kr430n5_666 Banned

    Joined: Oct 6, 2004 Messages: 19,229 Likes Received: 30
    call me or not not me or call not call or me me not or call me call or not
  5. Fondles

    Fondles Veteran Member

    Joined: Mar 31, 2001 Messages: 7,858 Likes Received: 24
    mmmmm....call u.
  6. Future Droid

    Future Droid Senior Member

    Joined: Jul 21, 2003 Messages: 1,077 Likes Received: 1
    using v(initial), dont forget to account for gravity, break it down into x and y components.

    figure out where the top of the arch is (x and y).

    your total distance will be 2y

    the final velocity should be found using x(top of arch), forget about y, as there is no gravity in the y direction, and solve for v(final).

    i think thats right.....
  7. Dr. Dazzle

    Dr. Dazzle Veteran Member

    Joined: Nov 19, 2001 Messages: 8,147 Likes Received: 3
    It's the other way round. Gravity goes in the Y direction.

    I'm going to get up early tomorrow to do this assignment. Thanks for the help so far guys, if anyone else wants to add by all means do.
  8. Future Droid

    Future Droid Senior Member

    Joined: Jul 21, 2003 Messages: 1,077 Likes Received: 1
    yeah my bad, too many drugs last night...duhhh and distance 2x.
  9. Abracadabra

    Abracadabra Dirty Dozen Crew

    Joined: Dec 28, 2001 Messages: 22,906 Likes Received: 113
    why on earth did i come into this thread?