# Instantaneous Velocity after bouncing off a wall

I have a ball, and I throw it at a wall as a projectile (assume that the ball's position the instant the journey begins is on level-ground). The ball hits the wall with a velocity that is at right angles to the wall, and bounces off, landing a distance closer to the wall relative to the launch position.

I know the angle of launch, as well as the initial velocity (thus both horizontal and vertical components), and the distance of the initial position as well as the final position from the wall.

Using this, I can calculate the height of impact (by using the SUVAT equations and letting $v_{final} = 0$) as "The ball hits the wall with a velocity that is at right angles to the wall", as well as the time taken to get to the wall.

I want to know the instantaneous velocity immediately after the ball rebounds off the wall - my friend believes it is the equal to the distance between the landing position and the wall divided by the time taken to get to the wall (as calculated before, the time from launch to impact), but I am not convinced.

Is my friend right? If so, why? Is this even enough information to determine the instantaneous velocity after impact?

• i think one can consider the return trajectory and can get the velocity using the distance from the wall of landing point and time taken. Commented Mar 28, 2016 at 10:30
• What is SUVAT? Please define acronyms unless you are sure that they will be understood. (I can't think of too many of those.) Commented Mar 28, 2016 at 15:50