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Trajectory & Range of a Projectile
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Projectile Experiments

Projectile Background Information

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The ballistic trajectory of a projectile is the path that a thrown object will take under the action of gravity, neglecting all other forces, such as friction from air resistance, or propulsion.

In physics, a projectile launched with specific initial conditions in a uniform gravity field will have a predictable range.

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This article provides a list of methods for calculating the trajectory and range of a projectile under the influence of Earth's gravity.

In the equations on this page, the following variables will be used:

• g: the gravitational acceleration—usually taken to be 9.81 m/s2 near the Earth's surface
• θ: the angle at which the projectile is launched
• v: the velocity at which the projectile is launched
• y0: the initial height of the projectile
• d: the total horizontal distance traveled by the projectile

## Conditions at the final position of the projectile

### Distance traveled

The total horizontal distance (d) traveled. When the surface the object is launched from and is flying over is flat, the distance traveled is: As a special case, the distance is given by when the angle (θ) is 45° and the initial height (y0) is 0.

### Time of flight

The time of flight (t) is the time it takes for the projectile to finish its trajectory. As above, this expression can be reduced to if θ is 45° and y0 is 0.

### Angle of reach

The "angle of reach" (not quite a scientific term) is the angle (θ) at which a projectile must be launched in order to go a distance d, given the initial velocity v.  Range of a Projectile

In physics, a projectile launched with specific initial conditions in a uniform gravity field will have a predictable range. As in Trajectory of a projectile, we will use:

• g: the gravitational acceleration—usually taken to be 9.81 m/s2 near the Earth's surface
• θ: the angle at which the projectile is launched
• v: the velocity at which the projectile is launched
• y0: the initial height of the projectile
• d: the total horizontal distance travelled by the projectile

When neglecting air resistance, the range of a projectile will be If (y0) is taken to be zero, meaning the object is being launched on flat ground, the range of the projectile will then simplify to For more calculations:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Range_of_a_projectile
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trajectory

Source: Wikipedia (All text is available under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License and Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.)

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