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IN RELATION TO PROJECTILE MOTION

I've been trying to grasp this concept but cannot figure it out. enter image description here

From what i understand, the x-component only has air resistance acting on it so it slows it down quite a bit in the horizontal direction. I'm not sure how to correlate this concept with explaining the distorted shape of the curve though.

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That’s because air resistance is acting in both directions. Air surrounds the entire projectile and not just the surface facing the x-direction.

If you look at the diagram above you will note that the vector $\vec F_{ar}$ has components in both the $x$ and $y$ directions.

It gets steeper in the later phase of its flight since it is experiencing this resistance force - which is proportional to $v^2$ - for the greatest amount of time (prior to just falling almost straight to the ground).

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  • $\begingroup$ Thank you, I think i get it now !! $\endgroup$
    – sophia
    Nov 25 '20 at 8:25
  • $\begingroup$ That’s ok. Good luck! $\endgroup$
    – joseph h
    Nov 25 '20 at 8:31
  • $\begingroup$ @sophia if youhave got your answer then please click on the tick on left side of the appropriate answer $\endgroup$
    – Anonymous
    Nov 25 '20 at 8:37

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