Mechanics: Vectors and Projectiles

Vectors and Projectiles: Audio Guided Solution

Problem 32:

Mr. Udadi takes his three children to the park for some summertime recreation. Olive Udadi is enjoying swinging and jumping. On one jump, Olive leaves the swing at a 30° angle to the horizontal with a speed of 2.2 m/s. She lands on the ground a horizontal distance of 1.09 m from the launch location.

a. Determine the horizontal and the vertical components of the initial velocity.
b. Determine the time which Olive is in the air.
c. Determine the vertical height (relative to the landing location) from which Olive jumps from the swing.


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