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**niharika_kumar****Member**- From: Numeraland
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A particle is projected over a triangle from one end of a horizontal base and grazing the vertex falls on the other end of the base.If

and be the base angle and the angle of projection , prove that .friendship is tan 90°.

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**Bob****Administrator**- Registered: 2010-06-20
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hi Niharika,

I haven't had a chance to follow this through yet, but here's how I'd begin:

horizonally

vertically

So now you have a quadratic in x. You can substitute in (0,0) ; (a,h) and (a+b,0) where

h = a.tan(alpha) = b.tan(beta) and aim to eliminate a, b, g and v. Although that's four unknowns and only three equations, you can think of g/2v^2 as a single variable, so you should be left with an expression connecting the three tangents.

EDIT: Whoops the first equation would be 0 = 0 which doesn't help much. I'd better try this properly.

FINAL EDIT:

It does work. From the (a,h) equation re-arrange to make k (=g/2v^2) the subject and substitute this into the (a+b,0) equation.

Use the a and b equations to remove a and b from the equation. Bonus: the h terms all cancel.

Simplify what's left to get the required result.

Bob

*Last edited by Bob (2014-09-17 00:31:26)*

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Can I have a diagram, niharika?

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**Bob****Administrator**- Registered: 2010-06-20
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Bob

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Which is alpha, beta and theta?

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**Bob****Administrator**- Registered: 2010-06-20
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Alpha is the angle in the left hand triangle so tan alpha = h/a

Beta is the same for the right hand triangle so tan beta = h/b

Theta is the angle to the horizontal at which the projectile is launched.

Bob

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**Olinguito****Member**- Registered: 2014-08-12
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Bob has worked out

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We can rewrite equation [1] as

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From the diagram in post #4

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Also, substituting (*x*,*y*) = (*a*,*h*) into [2],

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Cancel the *d*, simplify, and you should get the answer.

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**niharika_kumar****Member**- From: Numeraland
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thank you so much for such simplified answers.

It is really very helpful(because my brain is not working right now and I have my Physics exam tomorrow).

friendship is tan 90°.

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**Bob****Administrator**- Registered: 2010-06-20
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Good luck with the exam.

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**niharika_kumar****Member**- From: Numeraland
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It's over now.

and I couldn't make this one:-

Q.A ball rolls off the top of a stairway with a horizontal velocity u.If the steps are h meter high and b meter wide, show that the ball will just hit the edge of nth step if

friendship is tan 90°.

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**Bob****Administrator**- Registered: 2010-06-20
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hi Niharika,

Same method as the earlier one:

horizontally

vertically

+ as we want to measure downwards.

If you substitute in that expression for t, cancel an 'n', and re-arrange, it comes out in a few lines.

Bob

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**niharika_kumar****Member**- From: Numeraland
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hmm, so it was simple.

thanks again bob.

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**Bob****Administrator**- Registered: 2010-06-20
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No, it was really hard. But I'm a brilliant teacher so it now seems simple.

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**niharika_kumar****Member**- From: Numeraland
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Yes you are.

Your explainations have always proved to be very beneficial.

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**Bob****Administrator**- Registered: 2010-06-20
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I did say that as a joke, so thank you for your reply.

Bob

*Last edited by Bob (2014-09-18 19:22:20)*

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