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# Motion of a projectile thrown horizontally Let us consider an object thrown horizontally with a velocity u from a point A, which is at a height h from the horizontal plane OX (Fig). The object acquires the following motions simultaneously : (i) Uniform velocity with which it is projected in the horizontal direction OX (ii) Vertical velocity, which is non-uniform due to acceleration due to gravity.

Motion of a projectile thrown horizontally

Let us consider an object thrown horizontally with a velocity u from a point A, which is at a height h from the horizontal plane OX (Fig). The object acquires the following motions simultaneously :

(i) Uniform velocity with which it is projected in the horizontal direction OX

(ii) Vertical velocity, which is non-uniform due to acceleration due to gravity. The two velocities are independent of each other. The horizontal velocity of the object shall remain constant as no acceleration is acting in the horizontal direction.

The velocity in the vertical direction shall go on changing because of acceleration due to gravity.

Path of a projectile

Let the time taken by the object to reach C from A = t Vertical distance travelled by the object in time t = s = y

From equation of motion, s = u1t + 1/2 at 2

Substituting the known values in equation (1),

y = (0) t + 1/2  gt 2 = 1/2 gt 2

At A, the initial velocity in the horizontal direction is u. Horizontal distance travelled by the object in time t is x.            ???.(1)

x = horizontal velocity ? time = u t (or) t = x/u  .........(3)

Substituting t in equation (2),  y =1/2 g(x/u)2 = 1/2 g(x2/u2)        ....(4)

(or) y = kx2   where k =  2/gu2 is a constant.

The above equation is the equation of a parabola. Thus the path taken by the projectile is a parabola.

Resultant velocity at C

At an instant of time t, let the body be at C.

At A, initial vertical velocity (u1)  = 0

At C, the horizontal velocity (ux) = u

At C, the vertical velocity = u2 From equation of motion, u2 = u1 + g t

Substituting all the known values, u2 = 0 + g t

The resultant velocity at C is v = root[ux2+u22] = root[u2+g2t2]    ..(6)

The direction of v is given by tanθ = v2/ux =gt/u   ..(7) where θ is the angle made by v with X axis.

Time of flight and range

The distance OB = R, is called as range of the projectile.

Range = horizontal velocity ? time taken to reach the ground

R = u t...(8)

where t is the time of flight

At A, initial vertical velocity (u1) = 0

The vertical distance travelled by the object in time t = sy = h

From the equations of motion Sy =  ut t f + 1/2 g f f2...(9)

Substituting the known values in equation (9),

h = (0) tf = 1/2 g tf2

tf= root[2h/g]  ...(10)

Substituting  tf  in equation (8), Range R = u . root[2h/g]  ..(11) Study Material, Lecturing Notes, Assignment, Reference, Wiki description explanation, brief detail

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