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June 12th, 2019, 01:37 AM   #1
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Projectile motion

How would time of flight, the range and the maximum height of an object exhibiting the projectile motion change if
A) only the vertical component of its initial velocity is increased,
B) only the horizontal component of its initial velocity is increased?

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$y = y_0 + v_{0y} \cdot t - \dfrac{1}{2}gt^2$

maximum height occurs when $\dfrac{dy}{dt} = 0$

$\dfrac{dy}{dt} = v_{0y} - gt = 0 \implies t = \dfrac{v_{0y}}{g}$

Increasing $v_{0y}$ results in a greater time to reach maximum height, hence a higher trajectory and longer overall time of flight which also increases the horizontal range since $\Delta x = v_x \cdot t$

Increasing only $v_x$ increases the horizontal range.
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