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A basketball is thrown horizontally with an initial speed of 4.20 m/s. A straight line drawn from the point to the landing point makes an angle of 30.0 with the horizontal. what was the release height?

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    It falls a distance h with zero initial velocity down
    so
    h = (1/2) (9.8) t^2 = 4.9 t^2
    tan 30 = h/d where d is horizontal distance to point hit on floor so d = h/.577 = 1.73 h
    d = 4.2 t
    so
    4.2 t = 1.73 h
    t = .412 h
    then
    h = 4.9 t^2 = 4.9 (.412^2)(h^2)
    h = .831 h^2
    h = 1.20 meters

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