February 27, 2017

Homework Help: AP Physics

Posted by Anonymous on Monday, September 28, 2009 at 8:15pm.

This question had been asked for many times and I've read the solution and did it myself.
Tom the cat is chasing Jerry the mouse across a table surface 1.5 m off the floor. Jerry steps out of the way at the last second, and Tom slides off the edge of the table at a speed of 5.0 m/s. Where will Tom strike the floor, and what velocity components will he have just before he hits?
I just don't get the question that well. Aren't we taught that the x component doesn't matter? Then why did we use the velocity (5.0m/s) to find out the values...etc?
I just learned about projectile motion today and it was pretty complicated...thank you.

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