# Projectiles Chapter 5. If we ignore the effects of air resistance an object in the air has a horizontal acceleration of ax = 0 m/s 2 and a vertical acceleration.

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Projectiles Chapter 5

If we ignore the effects of air resistance an object in the air has a horizontal acceleration of ax = 0 m/s 2 and a vertical acceleration of ay = −9.8 m/s 2. Since ax = 0 the horizontal velocity is constant throughout the flight. The vertical acceleration of −9.8 m/s 2 causes the vertical velocity to decrease on the way up, be 0 at the peak of the flight and increase in the negative direction on the way down.

Explanation of the Variables for Projectile Motion a = −9.8 m/s 2 a is vertical acceleration Vyi Initial Vertical Velocity Vyf Final Vertical Velocity yi Initial Height yf Final Height t Time x Horizontal Distance If we assume air resistance is negligible, then Ax horizontal acceleration is zero.

Vertical Motion Equations Horizontal Motion Equation

Vertical Motion Equations Use to solve for time between velocity points. Use to solve for initial or final velocity when given time.

Vertical Motion Equations Use to find any of the following variables Vy i Initial Vertical Velocity Vy f Final Vertical Velocity y i Initial Height y f Final Height

Vertical Motion Equations This equation is used to find the height at some time point.

This equation can be used to find: The horizontal distance traveled in some time interval. The time to travel a horizontal distance. The horizontal velocity needed to travel a distance in a given time interval. Horizontal Motion Equation

Takeoff and landing height effects the time to the peak and the time down.

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