A small ball rolls horizontally off the edge of a tabletop that is 1.23 m high. It strikes the floor at a point 1.49 m horizontally away from the edge of the table. (a) How long is the ball in the air? (b) What is its speed at the instant it leaves ?

1 Answer
Nov 3, 2015

Answer:

#(a). 0.5"s"#

#(b). 2.98"m/s"#

Explanation:

#(a).#

Taking the vertical component of the motion and setting the initial velocity equal to zero we get:

#s=1/2"g"t^2#

#:.t^2=(2s)/"g"=(2xx1.23)/(9.8)=0.251#

#:.t=sqrt(0.251)=0.5"s"#

#(b).#

The horizontal component of velocity is constant so:

#v=s/t=1.49/0.5=2.98"m/s"#