Posted by **hanna tret** on Friday, September 9, 2011 at 11:31am.

whats the horizontal distance traveled by a model rocket launched with an intitial speed of 120 feet per second when the rocket is launched at an angle of 60 degrees

- trig -
**tchrwill**, Saturday, September 10, 2011 at 9:49am
Projectile Motion

The ballistic analysis of a projectile may be simplified by combining the components of uniform and accelerated motion of the projectile. Consider a projectile fired from a gun with a muzzle velocity of V in a direction µº to the horizontal. We now ask ourselves, "How far from the gun will the projectile hit the ground?" and "How high will the projectile go?"

Breaking the velocity up into its horizontal and vertical components makes one thing immediately obvious. Only the vertical component is subject to the force of gravity. Applying the expression for accelerated motion, we can find the time of flight and the maximum height reached. The vertical component of the launch velocity is Vv = Vsin(µ). Therefore, from Vf = Vo - gt, the time to reach maximum height derives from 0 = Vsin(µ) - gt1 or Vsin(µ) = gt1 making

....... t1 = Vsin(µ)/g.

The height reached then derives from h = Vsin(µ)t1 - gt1^2/2 which can be written as h = gt1^2 - gt1^2/2 or

.......h = gt1^2/2.

The time for the projectile to return to the ground derives from

.......-h = -gt2^2/2. Since the height up equals the height down, it becomes clear that t1 = t2 making the total time of flight t = 2t1.

The horizontal distance traveled derives from d = Vcos(µ)t = 2Vt1cos(µ) = 2V[Vsin(µ)/g]cos(µ) making

.......d = V^2sin(2µ)/g.

Now, eliminating t1 from Vsin(µ) = gt1 and h = gt1^2/2, the maximum height reached becomes

.......h = V^2sin^2(µ)/2g.

As with uniform accelerated motion, these expressions ignore atmospheric drag.

## Answer This Question

## Related Questions

- Math - A rocket is launched from the top of a 50 foot cliff with an initial ...
- physic - Q: a model rocket was launched and measurements of its height and ...
- Intermediate Algebra - A model rocket is launched from a height of 50 feet. the...
- intermediate algebra - A model rocket Is launched from a height of 50ft. The ...
- Marks: 1 A model rocket was launched to an altitu - Marks: 1 A model rocket ...
- algebra - The question I have is to solve the problem. A model rocket is ...
- algebra - A model rocket is launched upward with an initial velocity of 200 feet...
- physics - A rocket is launched with a speed of 282 m/s at an angle of 41.2 ...
- algebra - A launched rocket has an altitude, in meters,give n by the polynomial ...
- Calc - A rocket is launched with an initial velocity of zero, and with ...

More Related Questions