Problem 4-16 - Projectile - Part 4

A tennis player serves a ball horizontally, giving it a speed of \(24\; m/s\) from a height of \(2.5\; m.\) The player is \(12\; m\) from the net and the top of the net is \(0.90 \;m\) above the court surface.

(a) How long is the ball in the air, assuming it clears the net and lands in the other court?
(b) How far horizontally does the ball travel?
(c) With what velocity does the ball strike the court surface?
(d) By how much distance does the ball clear the net?

Accumulated Solution

coordinates for solution A

\(y = v_{0_y{^t}} + (1/2)a_yt^2 \\ a_y = -9.8\; m/s^2 \\ y = -2.5\; m \\ t = 0.714\; s = 0.71\; s \; \text{(answer to (a))}\)

\(-2.5 = 0(t) + (1/2)(-9.8)t^2 \\ t = 0.714\; s = 0.71\; s\)


Now we turn our attention to the horizontal motion.

What is the duration of the horizontal motion?

(A)   \(0.71\; s\)

(B)   \(9.8\; s\)

(C)   \(\text {unknown and must be calculated.}\)