This projectile motion takes place when the initial velocity is not horizontal, but at some angle with the vertical.

Projectile under an angular projection

This projectile motion takes place when the initial velocity is not horizontal, but at some angle with the vertical, as shown in Figure 2.42.

· Water ejected out of a hose pipe held obliquely.

· Cannon fired in a battle ground.

Consider an object thrown with initial velocity at an angle θ* *with the horizontal. Refer Figures 2.42 and 2.43.

Then

where *ux* = *u* cos*θ* is the horizontal component and *uy* = *usinθ* the vertical component of velocity.

Since the acceleration due to gravity is in the direction opposite to the direction of vertical component *uy*, this component will gradually reduce to zero at the maximum height of the projectile. At this maximum height, the same gravitational force will push the projectile to move downward and fall to the ground. There is no acceleration along the x direction throughout the motion. So, the horizontal component of the velocity (ux = u cosθ) remains the same till the object reaches the ground.

Hence after the time t, the velocity along horizontal motion *vx* *= ux+ axt* = ux = u cos θ

The horizontal distance travelled by projectile in time t is *sx* = *uxt* + 1/2 *axt*2

Here*, sx* *= x, ux* *= u cosθ, ax* *= 0*

Next, for the vertical motion *vy* *= uy+ ayt*

Here *uy= u sinθ, ay* *= - g* (acceleration due to gravity acts opposite to the motion). Thus

The vertical distance travelled by the projectile in the same time *t* is *sy* = *uyt* + 1/2 *ayt*2

Here, *sy* = *y*, *uy* = *u sinθ*, *ax* =-g. Then

Substitute the value of *t* from equation (2.28) in equation (2.30), we have

Thus the path followed by the projectile is an inverted parabola .

The maximum vertical distance travelled by the projectile during its journey is called maximum height. This is determined as follows:

For the vertical part of the motion,

Here, *uy* = *u sinθ*, *a* =-*g*, *s* = *hmax*, and at the maximum height *vy* = 0

The total time taken by the projectile from the point of projection till it hits the horizontal plane is called time of flight.

This time of flight is the time taken by the projectile to go from point O to B via point A (Figure 2.43)

Here, *sy* = *y* = 0 (net displacement in *y*-direction is zero),* uy *=* u sinθ*,* ay *= -*g*,* t *=* *Tf* *Then

The maximum horizontal distance between the point of projection and the point on the horizontal plane where the projectile hits the ground is called horizontal range (R). This is found easily since the horizontal component of initial velocity remains the same. We can write

Range R = Horizontal component of velocity x time of flight = *u* cos*θ* ×*Tf*

The horizontal range directly depends on the initial speed (u) and the sine of angle of projection (*θ* ). It inversely depends on acceleration due to gravity ‘g’

For a given initial speed u, the maximum possible range is reached when sin2*θ* is maximum, sin2*θ* = 1. This implies 2*θ* = *π* /2

This means that if the particle is projected at 45 degrees with respect to horizontal, it attains maximum range, given by.

Example 2.37

Suppose an object is thrown with initial speed 10 m s-1 at an angle π/4 with the horizontal, what is the range covered? Suppose the same object is thrown similarly in the Moon, will there be any change in the range? If yes, what is the change? (The acceleration due to gravity in the Moon *gmoon* = 1/6 g)

In projectile motion, the range of particle is given by,

If the same object is thrown in the Moon, the range will increase because in the Moon, the acceleration due to gravity is smaller than g on Earth,

The range attained on the Moon is approximately six times that on Earth.

In the cricket game, a batsman strikes the ball such that it moves with the speed 30 m s-1 at an angle 30o with the horizontal as shown in the figure. The boundary line of the cricket ground is located at a distance of 75 m from the batsman? Will the ball go for a six? (Neglect the air resistance and take acceleration due to gravity g = 10 m s-2).

The motion of the cricket ball in air is essentially a projectile motion. As we have already seen, the range (horizontal distance) of the projectile motion is given by

The initial speed *u * 30 m s-1

The projection angle *θ* = 30o

The horizontal distance travelled by the cricket ball

This distance is greater than the distance of the boundary line. Hence the ball will cross this line and go for a six.

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