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Suppose a Chinook salmon needs to jump a waterfall that is 1.50 m high. If the fish starts from a distance 1.00 m from the base of the ledge over which the waterfall flows, find the x- and y-components of the initial velocity the salmon would need to just reach the ledge at the top of its trajectory. Can the fish make this jump? (Remember that a Chinook salmon can jump out of the water with a speed of 6.26 m/s.)

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    How much energy does it take to go 1.5m?

    mgh=m*9.8*1.5= 14.7m joules
    How much KE does the fish have initially?
    1/2 m v^2= 1/2 m (6.26^2)=19.6m
    Well, there is plenty of energy to go that high. So, will the fish go that high and still land 1m kupstream?

    At the top , vvertical is zero. So how long will the fish take to fall that same distance?
    vvertical= vverticalinitial-gt
    0=6.26sinTheta-gt
    This is the same time it takes to get to the top, so
    t= 6.26sinTheta/g

    How far does the fish travel hoizontally in that time?
    1=6.26cosTheta*t
    = 6.26costheta*6.26sinTheta/g

    solvefor theta. Remember 2cosAsinA=sin2A
    If you get an angle, the fish can do it.

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