A baseball thrown from shortstop position to first base, travels 32 m horizontally, rises 3.0 m and falls 3.0 m. Find the magnitude of the initial velocity?

1 Answer
Nov 5, 2016

Answer:

#sf(V=22.8color(white)(x)"m/s")#

Explanation:

The key to these projectile questions is to treat the horizontal and vertical components of motion separately and use the fact that they share the same time of flight.

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When the baseball has reached its height of 3m it falls under gravity so we can write:

#sf(h=1/2"gt"^(2))#

#:.##sf(t=sqrt((2h)/g))#

#sf(t=sqrt((2xx3.0)/(9.8))=0.782color(white)(x)s)#

This means the total time of flight will be:

#sf(T=2xxt=2xx0.782=1.56color(white)(x)s)#

If #sf(theta)# is the angle of launch then the horizontal component of velocity is constant and is given by:

#sf(V_(x)=Vcostheta)#

Since #sf(V_x=s/T)#

Then:

#sf(V_x=32/1.56=21.51color(white)(x)"m/s")#

So:

#sf(Vcostheta=21.51color(white)(x)"m/s")" "color(red)((1))#

To get #sf(V)# we need to get the angle of launch so now we consider the vertical component of the motion.

We can use the equation of motion:

#sf(v=u+at)#

This becomes:

#sf(0=Vsintheta-"gt")#

#:.##sf(Vsintheta=(9.8xx0.782)=7.66color(white)(x)"m/s"" "color(red)((2)))#

Dividing #sf(color(red)((2)))# by #sf(color(red)((1))rArr)#

#sf((cancel(V)sintheta)/(cancel(V)costheta)=7.66/21.51=0.356=tantheta)#

From which:

#sf(theta=19.6^(@))#

This is the angle of launch.

To get the launch velocity #sf(V)# we can substitute this into #sf(color(red)((1))rArr)#

#sf(Vcos(19.6)=21.51)#

#:.##sf(V=21.51/0.942=22.8color(white)(x)"m/s")#