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The infamous German "Paris gun" was used to launch a projectile with a flight time of 170 s for a horizontal distance of 122 km. Based on this information, and ignoring air resistance , calculate (a) the gun's muzzle speed and (b) the angle, measured above the horizontal, at which it was fired.

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    Horizontal velocity component (a constant)
    = Vx = 122,000/170 = 717.6 m/s

    Vertical velocity component (initially)= Vy = g*85s = 833.0 m/s

    Muzzle speed = sqrt[(717.6)^2 + (833)^2]
    = 1100 m/s

    Firing angle = tan^-1 (833/717.6) = 49.3 degrees

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