Mechanics: Vectors and Projectiles

Vectors and Projectiles: Audio Guided Solution

Problem 29:

Li Ping Phar, the famous Chinese ski jumper, leaves the ramp with an initial velocity of 34.9 m/s at an angle of 35°.

a. Determine the total time of flight.
b. Determine the horizontal displacement.
c. Determine the peak height (relative to the starting height). Assume that Li lands at the same height as the top of the ramp and that Li is a projectile.

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  • Read the problem carefully and develop a mental picture of the physical situation. If necessary, sketch a simple diagram of the physical situation to help you visualize it.
  • Identify the known and unknown quantities in an organized manner. Equate given values to the symbols used to represent the corresponding quantity - e.g., vox = 12.4 m/s, voy = 0.0 m/s, dx = 32.7 m, dy = ???.
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  • Identify the appropriate formula(s) to use.
  • Perform substitutions and algebraic manipulations in order to solve for the unknown quantity.

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