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    classical mechanics problem

    A ball is thrown with initial speed v_0 up an inclined plane. the plane is at an angle \phi and the ball's initial velocity is at angle \theta. Choose an axis with x measured up the slope, y normal, and z across it. Write down Newton's second law using these axes and find the ball's position as a function of time. Show that the ball lands a distance

    R=\dfrac{2v_0^2\sin{\theta}\cos(\theta+\phi)}{\cos  ^2(\phi)}

    from it's launch point.

    Show that for a given v_0 and \phi that the max range is R_{max}=\dfrac{v_0^2}{g(1+\sin\theta)}
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    Um... have you tried anything?
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    I've tried many things but none of them get me even close to getting that result. I know that the force in the x direction is mg\sin\theta and so the displacement formula has this subed for g without the for the displacement in the x direction. The displacement in the x direction is v_0\cos\theta t and the y is normal so there's no displacement in the y.
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    Ok I'm coming back to this now.

    I took a look at the derivation for this problem in two dimensions for a projectile and tried to model my approach after it. This is how far I got.

    0=x(t)= v_0 \sin(\phi)t-\frac{1}{2}g \cos(\theta)t^2

    then from this we can get

    t=\dfrac{2v_0\sin(\phi)}{g\cos(\theta)}

    Then as in the 2d simple case I multiplied t v_0 to obtain R

    but this doesn't give the result I was looking for.

    Can anyone help me with this?
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    Quote Originally Posted by magus View Post
    A ball is thrown with initial speed v_0 up an inclined plane. the plane is at an angle \phi and the ball's initial velocity is at angle \theta. Choose an axis with x measured up the slope, y normal, and z across it. Write down Newton's second law using these axes and find the ball's position as a function of time. Show that the ball lands a distance

    R=\dfrac{2v_0^2\sin{\theta}\cos(\theta+\phi)}{g\co  s^2(\phi)}

    note the correction in your formula for R from your original post.
    \displaystyle \Delta x = v_0\cos{\theta} \cdot t - \frac{1}{2}g\sin{\phi} \cdot t^2

    \displaystyle \Delta y = v_0\sin{\theta} \cdot t - \frac{1}{2}g\cos{\phi} \cdot t^2

    since \Delta y = 0 ...

    \displaystyle t = \frac{2v_0\sin{\theta}}{g\cos{\phi}}

    substituting for t in the \Delta x equation ...

    \displaystyle \Delta x = \frac{2v_0^2 \sin{\theta} \cos{\theta}}{g\cos{\phi}} - \frac{2v_0^2 \sin^2{\theta} \sin{\phi}}{g\cos^2{\phi}}

    common denominator ...

    \displaystyle \Delta x = \frac{2v_0^2 \sin{\theta} \cos{\theta}\cos{\phi}}{g\cos^2{\phi}} - \frac{2v_0^2 \sin^2{\theta} \sin{\phi}}{g\cos^2{\phi}}

    combine and factor ...

    \displaystyle \Delta x = \frac{2v_0^2 \sin{\theta}(\cos{\theta}\cos{\phi} - \sin{\theta}\sin{\phi})}{g\cos^2{\phi}}

    finally, note that ...

    \cos{\theta}\cos{\phi} - \sin{\theta}\sin{\phi} = \cos(\theta+\phi)

    ... and you're there.
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    I think there is a 'g' missing in your first part.

    Make a sketch.

    (I'll be using v instead of vo to make it easier to type)

    The velocity of the ball up the plane is v \cos\theta
    That perpendicular to the plane is v \sin\theta

    The acceleration is down the plane and is given by g\ sin\phi
    And that perpendicular to the plane is given by g \cos\phi

    From this, the distance perpendicular to the plane where the particle lands is 0 and is given by:

    s = ut + \dfrac12 at^2

    This:

    0 = v\sin\theta t - \dfrac12 g\cos\phi t^2

    For the distance along the plane, we have:

    s = v\cos\theta t - \dfrac12 g\sin\phi t^2

    Can you complete the first part now?

    EDIT: Didn't see you replied Skeeter
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    For the second part now. (there is also a mistake, see below)

    R = \dfrac{2v^2\sin\theta\cos(\theta+\phi)}{g\cos^2\ph  i}

    Use the identity: 2\sin A\cos B = \sin(A+B) + \sin(A-B)

    This gives:

    R = \dfrac{v^2(\sin(2\theta + \phi) + \sin(-\phi))}{g\cos^2(\phi)}

    Simplify:

    R = \dfrac{v^2(\sin(2\theta + \phi) - \sin(\phi))}{g(1+\sin\phi)(1 - \sin\phi)}

    At the maximum range, \sin(2\theta + \phi) = 1 since only theta can vary.

    Hence we get:

    R = \dfrac{v^2(1 - \sin(\phi))}{g(1+\sin\phi)(1 - \sin\phi)}

    Something cancels out, giving:

    R_{max} = \dfrac{v^2}{g(1+\sin\phi)}

    From this, you can even find the relation between theta and phi for this value of range
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    Thanks. The [LaTeX ERROR: Convert failed] is the other equation I really needed I guess.
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