Mechanics: Vectors and Projectiles

Vectors and Projectiles: Audio Guided Solution

Problem 9:

Avery, the quarterback of South's Varsity football team, made the most amazing pass in the Homecoming game against cross town rival North. He threw the pass from the exact center of the field to the corner of the end zone, where Jamaal caught it for the game winning score. If the football field is 160 feet wide (sideline to sideline) and it is 60 yards from midfield to the back of the end zone, then how far did the ball travel from Avery's hands to Jamaal's

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