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9.2: Introduction

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    An object that is launched outward from a height above the ground will follow a curved path.  The curved path of a projectile is a combination of the horizontal motion it is given and the effect of gravity on the object.  A projectile launched horizontally, parallel to the ground, is dropping at the same time as it is traveling horizontally, and the result is a curved path. 

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    Figure \(\PageIndex{1}\): A projectile launched horizontally

    The ball will travel a distance in the horizontal (x) plane while it is dropping in the vertical (y) plane.

    Horizontal Motion:

    \[x = vt \nonumber \]

    Vertical Motion:

    \[t = \sqrt{\dfrac{2y}{g}} \nonumber \]

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