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AP Physics

Name: Projectiles / Two Dimensional Kinematics

Problem Set Projectile Motion
A. Projectiles Fired Horizontally
1. (I) A tiger leaps horizontally from a 12 meter high rock with a speed of 4.5 m/s. How far from the base of the cliff will
she land?
2. (I) A bullet is fired from a rifle that is held 1.6 m above the ground in a horizontal position. The initial velocity of the
bullet is 1100 m/s.
a. How long does it take the bullet to strike the ground?
b. What horizontal distance has the bullet traveled?
3. (II) A steel ball rolls with constant velocity across a level tabletop. The tabletop is 0.950 m in height. It rolls and hits
the ground 0.352 m from the edge of the table. How fast was the ball rolling?
4. (II) A tennis ball is struck such that it leaves the racket horizontally with a velocity of 28.0 m/s. The ball hits the court
at a horizontal distance of 19.6 m from the racket. What was the height of the tennis ball when it was hit?
5. (II) A marble, rolling with a speed of 2.0 m/s, rolls off the edge of a level table and hits the floor 1.28 s later.
a. How high was the table?
b. How far from the edge of the table does the marble land?
6. (III) A projectile is fired with a horizontal velocity of 30 m/s from the top of a hill 80.0 m high.
a. How far from the foot of the hill will the projectile land?
b. What is the magnitude of the final velocity of the projectile upon impact?

For questions 7-9
A projectile is launched horizontally from the top of a tower of height Y and a velocity of v. After t seconds the
projectile lands a distance x from the base of the tower.

7. (II) If the projectile is launched from the same tower at a velocity of 2v the time the projectile remains in the air is
closest to ____.
a. 2t
b. t
c. t/2
d. t/4
8. (II) If the projectile is launched from the same tower at a velocity of 2v the distance the projectile lands from the base
of the tower closest to ____.
a. x/2
b. x
c. 2x
d. 4x
9. (II) If the projectile was launched with a velocity v from a tower of height of Y/2, the time the projectile
remains in the air is closest to ____.
a. t/2
b. t/4
c. t/√2
d. t/√4

1) 7.02 m 2) a. 0.571 s b. 628 m 3) 0.800 m/s
4) 2.40 m 5) a. 8.03 m b. 2.56 m 6) a. 121 m b. 49.7 m/s
7) b 8) c 9) c

45˚ c. range. and maximum height. How close (vertically) does the projectile come to the peak? For questions 5-7. 90˚ 7. 90˚ 1) a. 98 m away. 60˚ d. 60˚ d. 202 m 5) d 6) b 7) d .5 m/s c. (II) A player kicks a football from ground level with an initial velocity of 27.0 m/s 4) a. 30˚ b. 30˚ b. 19. (II) What angle θ will cause the projectile to remain in the air the longest? a. What is the range of the projectile? 2.30 m 3) 31. What maximum height will the object reach? e. How close to the enemy ship does the projectile land? b. What is the original vertical component of the velocity? c. (III) A pitched ball is hit by a batter at a 45 angle and just clears the outfield fence. 86 m b. A projectile is launched from ground level at an angle of θ with a velocity of v. 4. 30 above the horizontal. 9. 45˚ c. 33.6 m.8 m/s b. (I) A body is projected from the ground at an angle of 30 with the horizontal at an initial speed of 39. 135m 2) 2. a. 90˚ 6. 5. Find the velocity of the ball when it left the bat. (II) What angle θ will cause the projectile to have the greatest range? a. Projectiles Fired at an Angle: 1. 19. 3. 45˚ c.4 m e. (III) A ship maneuvers to within 2500 m of an island’s 1800 m peak and fires a projectile at an enemy ship 610 m of the other side of the peak as shown below. Find the ball’s hang time.B. 64. (II) What angle θ will cause the projectile to reach the greatest height? a.0 m/s. Assume that the fence is at the same height as the pitch. 30˚ b.76 s.98 s d.0 m/s. What is the original horizontal component of the velocity? b. 60˚ d. How long will it take for the object to return to the ground? d. a. If the ship fires a projectile with an initial velocity of 250 m/s at an angle of 75. 3.