August 26, 2012


•                       Projectile is the name given to a body thrown with some initial velocity, and then allowed to move in two dimensions under the action of gravity alone, without being propelled by any engine or fuel. The path followed by a projectile is called its trajectory.
Examples of projectiles
•       A cricket ball hit by a bat.
•       A javelin or hammer thrown by an athlete.

•       A bullet fired from a rifle.
•       A piece of stone thrown in any direction.


There is no frictional resistance of air.
•       The effect due to rotation of earth and curvature of the earth is negligible.
•       The acceleration due to gravity is constant in magnitude and direction at all points of the motion of projectile.

•       OX,is a horizontal line on ground and
•        OY is a vertical line perpendicular to ground.
•        Suppose a cricket ball be projected from the point O with velocity u, making an angle θ  with the horizontal direction OX
                Resolving velocity  into two rectangular components, we get
 (i) u cosθ , along OX
(ii) u sin θ  along OY.
•        As these two component velocities act at right angles to each other, therefore they are independent of each other.
                 The horizontal component velocity u cos θ  is constant throughout the motion as there is no accelerating force in the horizontal direction.
                The vertical component velocity u sinθ   decreases continuously with height, from O to H, due to downward force of gravity and becomes zero at H.


Path of projectile
•       Suppose at any time t, the object reaches at P (x, y) clearly,
•       x= horizontal distance traveled by object in time t
•       y = vertical distance traveled by object in time t.
This is an equation of a parabola

Time of flight

•       . It is the total time for which the object is in flight (i.e. remains in air).  It is denoted by T.
•       The total time of flight consists of two parts
•       Total time of flight = time of ascent + time of descent

Maximum height
It is the maximum vertical height attained by the object above the point of projection during its flight. It is denoted by h.

Horizontal Range :
It is the horizontal distance covered by the object between its point of projection and the point of hitting the ground.
  It is denoted by R.        
      Clearly, the horizontal range is the horizontal distance covered by the object with uniform velocity u cosθ  in the time equal to total time of flight T.

Maximum Horizontal Range

         we note that for a given speed u of the object, the value of horizontal range depends upon angle of projection  as g is constant at a place. Therefore horizontal range R will be maximum if
       Sin 2θ = maximum = 1
       = sin 90°
       Or 2θ =90° or θ =45°
       This concept has been used by athletes in long jump, javelin throw, cricket ball throw etc


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