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What is Projectile?
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
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What is Projectile?

  • Projectile motion results from an object being thrown, shot, rolling off from a height, etc. and its in the air.  Once in the air, the only thing acting on the object is gravity.  Projectile Motion Notes | Study Physics Class 11 - NEET
  • The path followed by a projectile is known as a trajectory. A ball thrown is an example of the projectile.
    Projectile Motion Notes | Study Physics Class 11 - NEET

What is Projectile Motion?

When a particle is thrown obliquely near the earth’s surface, it moves along a curved path under constant acceleration that is directed towards the centre of the earth (we assume that the particle remains close to the surface of the earth). The path of such a particle is called a projectile and the motion is called projectile motion.

In a Projectile Motion, there are two simultaneous independent rectilinear motions:

  • Along the x-axis: uniform velocity, responsible for the horizontal (forward) motion of the particle.
    Projectile Motion Notes | Study Physics Class 11 - NEET
  • Along y-axis: uniform acceleration, responsible for the vertical (downwards) motion of the particle.
    Projectile Motion Notes | Study Physics Class 11 - NEET
  • Acceleration in the horizontal projectile motion and vertical projectile motion of a particle: When a particle is projected in the air with some speed, the only force acting on it during its time in the air is the acceleration due to gravity (g). This acceleration acts vertically downward. There is no acceleration in the horizontal direction, which means that the velocity of the particle in the horizontal direction remains constant.
    Projectile Motion Notes | Study Physics Class 11 - NEET

Parabolic Motion of Projectiles

Let us consider a ball projected at an angle θ with respect to the horizontal x-axis with the initial velocity u as shown below:

Projectile Motion Notes | Study Physics Class 11 - NEET

  • The point O is called the point of projection; θ is the angle of projection and OB = Horizontal Range or Simply Range. 
  • The total time taken by the particle from reaching O to B is called the time of flight.

For finding different parameters related to projectile motion, we can make use of differential equations of motions:

Projectile Motion Notes | Study Physics Class 11 - NEET

(a) The Equation of Trajectory

Equation of Trajectory If x and y are the coordinates of particle after time t:

Projectile Motion Notes | Study Physics Class 11 - NEET

From the equation (i) by putting the value of t, as a function of x, in equation (ii), we get:

Projectile Motion Notes | Study Physics Class 11 - NEET

The above equation is called the equation of trajectory. As the equation represents a parabola. Thus, the trajectory (or the path) of a projectile is a parabola

Tip: Here, u, θ, x and y are four variables. If any three quantities, as mentioned, are known then the fourth quantity can be solved directly

(b) Total Time of Flight

The time taken by a projectile to return its initial elevation after projection is known as time of flight. 

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It is denoted by (T) and given by:

 Projectile Motion Notes | Study Physics Class 11 - NEET

(c) Maximum Height Attained

  • The maximum vertical height traveled by the projectile during its journey is called the maximum height attained by the projectile.  It is the highest point of the trajectory.
    Projectile Motion Notes | Study Physics Class 11 - NEET
  • When the ball is at the highest point, the vertical component of the velocity will be zero. It is denoted by Hmax and given by:

Projectile Motion Notes | Study Physics Class 11 - NEET

Question for Projectile Motion
Try yourself:In a normal projectile motion, what will be the condition for maximum height?
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(d) Horizontal Range Projectile Motion Notes | Study Physics Class 11 - NEET

Horizontal Range (OA) = Horizontal component of velocity (ux) X Total Flight Time (t)

R = u cos θ × (2usinθ)/g

Where,

Projectile Motion Notes | Study Physics Class 11 - NEET

Therefore, in a projectile motion the Horizontal Range is given by (R):

Projectile Motion Notes | Study Physics Class 11 - NEET 

Question for Projectile Motion
Try yourself:In a normal projectile motion, what will be the angle of the projectile to get the horizontal range minimum?
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Question for Projectile Motion
Try yourself: In a normal projectile motion, what will be the condition for maximum range?
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Solved Example

Q.1. An object of mass 2000 g covers a maximum vertical distance of 6 m when it is projected at an angle of 45° from the ground. Calculate the velocity with which it was thrown. Take g = 10 m/s2,

a) 12.10 m/s

b) 15.49 m/s

c) 2.155 m/s

d) 12.0 m/s

Ans: (a)

Solution

Here, h = 6

θ = 45°

g = 10 

h = (v sinθ) 2/2g is the formula for maximum height. 

Solving the equation by substituting the values, 

h= (v2*[sin(45°)]2)/(2*10)

h = v2X (1/√2 )2/20

6 = [v2(1/2)]/20

6 X 20 X 2 = v2

240 = v2 

v = 15.49

we get the initial velocity as 15.49 m/s.


Q.2. A body is projected with a velocity of 20ms−1 at 50° to the horizontal plane. Find the time of flight of the projectile.

Solution:

Initial Velocity Vo = 20ms−1

And angle θ=50°

So, Sin 50° =  0.766

And g= 9.8

Now formula for time of flight is:

T = 2⋅u⋅sinθ.g

T = 2×20×sin50°×9.8

= 2×20×0.766×9.8

= 30.64×9.8

T = 3.126 sec

Therefore time of flight is 3.126 second.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q.1. What is the concept of acceleration in horizontal and vertical projectile motion?

Ans: The only force acting on an object when it is projected in the air with some speed is the acceleration due to gravity (g). There is no acceleration in the horizontal direction because it acts vertically downwards, which means that the particle’s velocity remains constant in the horizontal direction.


Q.2. What is the trajectory?

Ans: A trajectory is known as the path followed by a projectile. When an object is thrown into space and upon which the only force acting is the force of gravity, then it is termed as a projectile. This doesn’t mean that other forces are not acting on it, but gravity is the primary force acting on a projectile. Due to this, the effects of other forces are minimised.

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