# Physics I

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A rocket is fired at a speed of 75.0 m/s from ground level, at an angle of 61.2° above the horizontal. The rocket is fired toward an 11.0 m high wall, which is located 20.5 m away. The rocket attains its launch speed in a negligibly short period of time, after which its engines shut down and the rocket coasts. By how much does the rocket clear the top of the wall?

• Physics I -

We will neglect air resistance and propulsion of the rocket, and treat the rocket as a projectile.

v0=initial velocity = 75 m s-1
θ=angle with horizontal

horizontal component of velocity, vh
=v0cos θ
Distance from the wall, D = 20.5 m
Time to reach the wall, t1
= D/vh

Vertical component of initial velocity
= vv
= v sin θ

Height h of rocket after time t1
= vv*t1 -g (t1)²

Clearance from the wall, C
= h - 11m

• Physics I -

23m is wrong

• Physics I-correction -

Thank you Brittany, there was a factor (1/2) missing near the end. Here is the corrected calculation.

Height h of rocket after time t1
= vv*t1 -(1/2)g(t1)²

Clearance from the wall, C
= h - 11m

I get a little less than 25m using g=9.8 m s-2.