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Posted by **emath** on Thursday, March 4, 2010 at 9:56pm.

Known equations:

L=r x p ====> r x mv

My answers: (which are wrong)

a)m(v_i)(sin(theta))

b) ?

c)v_i^2( sin2(theta))/g * v_i sin(theta)

Thank you I appreciate your help!

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**drwls**, Thursday, March 4, 2010 at 11:10pmYou do not provide or describe the figure.

You do not identify "the following locations"

You do not tell us what parts (b) and (c) of the question are.

Your answer to (a) does not have the correct dimensions for angular momentum, and therefore cannot be right.

It is not possible to provided assistance because of these omissions

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**emath**, Thursday, March 4, 2010 at 11:39pmMy apologies

The "following locations"

a) at the origin

b)at the highest point of its trajectory

c)just before it hits the ground

the dimensions of angular momentum: ? kg*m^(2)/s

the picture is simply a parabola, a projectile launched with some angle theta with respect to the horizontal

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**emath**, Thursday, March 4, 2010 at 11:45pmand for part a I realized that it is 0 because the particle is at the origin and I have to find the angular momentum of the particle about the origin:

a = vi x= r

r = 0

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**drwls**, Friday, March 5, 2010 at 7:49amemath:

Thank you for taking the time to clarify and complete your question. Your answer to part (a) is correct.

There is a shortcut you can take for calculating the angular momentum with respect to the origin. Write the position in vector form as r = x i + y j, and the momentum as

p = m Vx i + m Vy j. The cross product is then

r = p x r = m(Vx*y - Vy*x) k

(k is a unit vector perpendicular to i and j . 'i' is horizontal along the path and 'j' is vertical.

Next, write down the equations for x, y, Vx and Vy in terms of t

x = Vi cos theta * t

y = Vi sin theta * t - (g/2) t^2

Vx = Vi cos theta

Vy = Vi sin theta - gt

L = m [Vi^2 sincos theta *t -Vi cos theta *t - Vi^2 sincos theta *t + Vi cos theta * g t/2]

At t=0, L obviously = 0, in agreement with your result

For parts (b) and (c) of your question, calculate the corresponding t and then calculate L using the equation above.

For example, at the top of the trajectory, t = (Vi sin theta)/g

At the end of the trajectory, t is twice that amount.

The resulting equation will look a bit messy. I leave the final steps to you

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