# Questions tagged [projectile]

Object moving through space due to the exertion of a force.

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### Is Verlet method suitable for to solve projectile motion with quadratic drag?

Consider the following non-dimensional equations of projectile motion in presence of air resistance, I understand it can be numerically solved using the mid-point method, but can I also use Verlet ...
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### Projectile with air resistance from a given hight

Objects take same time to fall a given height independent of their horizontal speed when air resistance is ignored, is this also true when air resistance is not ignored? In presence of air resistance, ...
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### Maximum distance of a body in projectile motion from origin [duplicate]

Suppose a body is in projectile motion then what will be the maximum distance it can attain from origin? Also in what case the range will be the maximum distance from the origin compared to other ...
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### Horizontal Free Fall

Let's say you are launched out of a canon at a $0^\circ$ degree angle 5 feet off of the ground. Normally, from my basic understanding of free falling, you have to be move unimpeded with no force ...
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### Couldn't you use a spring to increase energy?

When I was a kid I had a BB gun and when it was cocked it would compress a spring, then when you pulled the trigger, the spring would be released and fire a BB out at high velocity. I was thinking, ...
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### How did Carnevale et al. could argue mass in a ballistically aggregating systetm evolves as $t^{2d/(d+2)}$?

I am trying to understand this paper but I am not able to do it. Please help. See the paper here. First of all how could they write collision time $t_0$ as given there?. I am not able to get it even ...
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### What should be the speed of my bullet be to punch a nice round hole through a paper sheet?

If my bullet travels faster will the amount of damage done to the paper be lesser? Due to inertia of the paper can the bullet make bullet shaped holes instead of making a big hole as the speed ...
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### Can we do a thought experiment to prove that the horizontal and vertical motion of a projectile are independent of each other?

It seems really hard for me to grasp the idea that horizontal and vertical motion of a projectile are independent of each other. Intuitively I feel that they should affect each other. How can it be ...
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### Do faster moving projectiles make larger penetration holes? [closed]

When it comes to shooting guns, a bullet of a certain size will make a certain size hole in the paper or wood target. A $.22$ bullet makes a pea size hole regardless of if its shot out of a pistol ...
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### Projectiles with unequal initial velocities, purely horizontal

If projectiles $A$ and $B$ are projected horizontally with different initial velocity from the same height, then both $A$ and $B$ possess the same vertical component of velocity, at any instant. ...
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### Why does the Earth follow an elliptical trajectory rather than a parabolic one?

I was taught that when the acceleration experienced by a body is constant, that body follows a parabolic curve. This seems logical because constant acceleration means velocity that is linear and ...
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### The phase space trajectory of a single particle falling freely from height is? [closed]

The phase space trajectory of a single particle falling freely from height is? Phase space is a plot between momentum and position, and since kinetic energy increases the momentum must increase with ...
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### What happens when the drag force exceeds the weight of an object falling into earth?

Let's say a meteor is coming towards earth. It's not accelerating, but it does have an initial velocity. This meteor is shaped so it has an insane amount of drag, enough to even exceed its weight (not ...
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### How is speed affected (or not affected) by acceleration by gravity?

I am a new physics student and I was reading a question posted on here earlier: Which Sphere is Fastest? It posits that three spheres thrown with the same speed at the same point (one thrown ...
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### Which sphere is fastest? [closed]

I was doing a physics problem, and it seemed simple at first, but now it doesn't at all, and I need help. Here it is. Three identical spheres are thrown from the same height above the ground. Sphere ...
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### Why can I throw a larger stone farther than a smaller stone?

Recently I was throwing stones(don't ask me why) when I noticed that there seems to be an optimum weight of stone so that it travels the farthest. If I generate the same amount of force each time(and ...
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### Throwing/Dropping an Object

When we throw or drop an object while moving, do we impart it our acceleration or velocity or both? Say i throw a ball at 5 m/s (relative to me) while at say, 30° to my direction of motion, then will ...
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### Is Bernoulli's equation the correct explanation of a curved soccer ball? [duplicate]

I saw a lot of materials supposing that the Bernoulli's equation explains the curvature of a soccer ball: since the ball is spinning, two sides of the ball would experience different velocities, and ...
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### Why doesn't the coriolis force cancel out when a ball is thrown up?

The question is to calculate the lateral displacement of a ball due to the coriolis force once thrown up and allowed to come back down. The initial equation to work with is \$\ddot{x} = -2\omega \dot{...
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### At what speed in air would a solid object turn to plasma?

Just curious, friction can heat up what ever is moving. The faster something moves the quicker it heats up. Is it possible in the perfect scenario to turn a speeding solid object to plasma through ...