Mechanics: Vectors and Projectiles

Vectors and Projectiles: Audio Guided Solution

Problem 31:

On New Year’s eve of 2007, Robbie Maddison set the world record for the longest motorcycle jump, traveling 98.3 m through the air from ramp to ramp. (The record has since been broken several times by Maddision himself.) Assuming a launch angle of 45°, insignificant air resistance and a landing location at the same height as the launch height, determine the speed with which Maddison left the ramp.

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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 = ???.
  • Use physics formulas and conceptual reasoning to plot a strategy for solving for the unknown quantity.
  • Identify the appropriate formula(s) to use.
  • Perform substitutions and algebraic manipulations in order to solve for the unknown quantity.

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