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A small steel ball bearing with a mass of 28.0 g is on a short compressed spring. When aimed vertically and suddenly released, the spring sends the bearing to a height of 1.25 m. Calculate the horizontal distance the ball would travel if the same spring were aimed 34.0 deg from the horizontal.

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    energy in spring: m*g*h
    velocity of the ball= sqrt 2gh check that.we will use this later.

    now calculate the time in air launched at 34deg

    hf=hi+Vi*sin34*time-4.9time^2
    solve for time in air, t.

    horizontal distance= Vi*cos34*t

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    my answer for this question came out to be 1.16 m. However when I plug it into the Physics homework program it say incorrect.

    My equation for t was:
    1.25 m = 0m + 4.952sin34t - 4.9t^2 and then I did the quadratic equation and got t= .28258

    I then did the horizontal distance equation using 4.952 as my Vi.

    What am I doing wrong where I still don't get the correct answer?

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    The way to solve this is to use potential and kinetic energy and the formula R = (v^2/g)sin2(theta).
    mgh=(1/2)mv^2
    v=sqrt(2gh)
    R=(sqrt(2gh)^2/9.8)sin2(theta)
    = ((4.95)^2/9.8)sin(2*34)
    =3.27m

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