March 30th, 2019, 08:37 AM  #1 
Member Joined: Mar 2019 From: Mumbai Posts: 56 Thanks: 3  Projectile Trajectory https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Projectile Can a Projectile trajectory be a Ellipse, Hyperbola or any other Geometrical shape than parabola? Thanks & Regards, Prashant S Akerkar 
March 30th, 2019, 08:43 AM  #2 
Senior Member Joined: Sep 2015 From: USA Posts: 2,408 Thanks: 1310 
not in a constant gravitational field no

March 30th, 2019, 09:20 AM  #3 
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March 30th, 2019, 11:00 AM  #4 
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Yes, it can be a straight line.

March 30th, 2019, 03:35 PM  #5  
Math Team Joined: May 2013 From: The Astral plane Posts: 2,138 Thanks: 872 Math Focus: Wibbly wobbly timeywimey stuff.  Quote:
It turns out that, depending on initial conditions that the path of a body can travel a path given by one of the conic sections. You know, I would love to know why you keep posting links to the most basic of things. For example, you once posted a wikipedia link about what a mountain is and in this one you gave a link to what a particle is. I would have expected to see a link about orbital motions or something more relevant. Dan  

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