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    Projectile motion and Vectors

    I couldn't find a "Dynamics" section in the forum, so if this is in the wrong section, sorry for that.

    At the moment, I'm studying Projectile motion using vectors and integration.

    The question I'm stuck on is this:

    A baseball player hits a ball to the outfield 50m away. The ball was in the air for 1.8 seconds. At what angle to the horizontal was the ball hit? At was speed was it hit?

    Any help here would be greatly appreciated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DJ Hobo View Post
    I couldn't find a "Dynamics" section in the forum, so if this is in the wrong section, sorry for that.

    At the moment, I'm studying Projectile motion using vectors and integration.

    The question I'm stuck on is this:

    A baseball player hits a ball to the outfield 50m away. The ball was in the air for 1.8 seconds. At what angle to the horizontal was the ball hit? At was speed was it hit?

    Any help here would be greatly appreciated.

    Let the angle be \theta.

    Let the speed be v.

    Vertical motion:

    t=1.8 s

    Range=50 m

    Horizontal motion:

    vcos\theta * t=50

    vcos\theta*1.8=50

    vcos\theta=\frac{500}{18}=\frac{250}{9} -------------- (1)

    Vertical motion:

    s=vsin\theta\ t-\frac{1}{2}gt^2

    0=vsin\theta\ t-\frac{1}{2}gt^2

    0=vsin\theta-\frac{1}{2}gt

    0=vsin\theta-\frac{1}{2}9.8*1.8

    vsin\theta=8.82 ---------------------(2)

    Dividing (2) by (1) we get

    tan \theta=0.31752

    \theta=17.61^o

    Using this in (1), we get

    v*0.953=\frac{250}{9}

    v=29.15 m/s
    Last edited by alexmahone; August 2nd 2009 at 03:32 AM.
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    EDIT - I've tried the problem on my own now, and I've managed to do it.
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