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# Answer to Question #3181 in Mechanics | Relativity for zizi

Question #3181
A basketball player is standing on the floor 10.0 m from the basket .The height of the basket is 3.05 m and he shoots the ball at 40.0 angle with the horizantal from the height of 2.00 m .
A- What is the acceleration of the of the basketball at the heights point in its trajectory ?
B- At what speed must the player throw the basketball so that the ball goes through the hoop without striking the bachboard?
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2011-06-20T12:09:22-0400
First, establish a rectangualr coordinate system, with the origin at say 2m above the floor and 10m from the hoop.

Initial position: (xi, yi) = (0,2)

Final position: (xf, yf) = (10, 1.05) ...note that yf is 1.05 m above the origin defined above.

Launch angle is 40 deg above horizontal.

To find the initial speed, we find the components of the initial velocity, whcih we write

Vix = Vi cos 40 Viy = Vi sin 40

horizontal Velocity = V*Cos&theta;
If T is the total time of flight, and the basket is 10m away then you know that V*Cos&theta;*T = 10m

time required to reach the maximum height
Initial velocity/g = V*Sin&theta;/g = T1

Now T1 is only the part of the problem, because Total time = Time to rise (T1) plus time to fall down(T2).

Max height :(V*Sin&theta;)2 = 2gH
(Remember H is 2m higher than the ground.)
How long to drop from max height?
(H - 1.02) = 1/2 g* T22
(The 1.02 is the difference in height above the release point.)
1.05=v2sin40*(10/v2cos40)-0.5*9.8*(10/v2cos40)2
1.05=10tan40 - (490/v2(cos40)2)
v2((cos40)2*10tan40) - 490 = v2((cos40)2)
v2((cos40)2*10tan40) - v2((cos40)2) = 490
v2(4.337215) = 490
v = (490/4.337215)0.5
v = 10.66m/s
Now acceleration a = -g, where g = 9.81 m/s2 is the gravity acceleration which is directed verticaly to the ground, horizonlal component of acceleration=0.

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