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## #1 2006-10-23 07:50:30

fusilli_jerry89
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### Fireman Problem

A fireman has a hose and is standing on top of a 20 m high building. His hose shoots water at 12 m/s and he wishes to hit the top of another 20 m hig building 21 m away. what angle should he aim his hose at?

I calculated that in the x direction, the velocities are both 12cosθ, the acceleration is zero, distance is 21.0 and te time is unknown. In the y direction, te initial velocity is 12sinθ and the final is -12sinθ, the acceleration is -9.8, the distance is zero, and the time is also unknown.

I then set up a system:
x: t=21/12cosθ
y: t=24sinθ/9.8
0=21/12cosθ-24sinθ/9.8
(21/12)secθ=(24/9.8)sinθ
(21/12)/(24/9.8)secθ=sinθ
sinθ/secθ=205.8/288
sinθcosθ=205.8/288
I'm stuck now...

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## #2 2006-10-23 10:20:46

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### Re: Fireman Problem

from what youve posted, there is no answer

because it would result in taking the inverse sine of a number round about the size of 14 which is outside its range

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## #3 2006-10-23 10:30:17

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### Re: Fireman Problem

fusilli_jerry89 wrote:

A fireman has a hose and is standing on top of a 20 m high building. His hose shoots water at 12 m/s and he wishes to hit the top of another 20 m hig building 21 m away. what angle should he aim his hose at?

I calculated that in the x direction, the velocities are both 12cosθ, the acceleration is zero, distance is 21.0 and te time is unknown. In the y direction, te initial velocity is 12sinθ and the final is -12sinθ, the acceleration is -9.8, the distance is zero, and the time is also unknown.

if you take the angle to be from the x axis counter clockwise

you require that s_x = 21m. so you can calculate t for theta by

then you also require that for this value of theta, s_y will be 0, since buildings are at same height, i.e.

but again, its outside of the range?

anyone tell me where im going wrong?

Last edited by luca-deltodesco (2006-10-23 10:39:24)

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## #4 2006-10-24 02:00:36

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### Re: Fireman Problem

You're not going wrong, it's just that the hose is too weak. The optimum angle of projection is 45° (when the start and finish are at the same height), and that has a range of v²/g, where v is the initial velocity of the projection and v is the gravitational force.

So in this situation, the maximum range of the water from the hose would be 144/9.8, which is around 14.7m, falling considerably short of the 21m target.

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## #5 2006-10-24 06:12:27

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### Re: Fireman Problem

mathsyperson wrote:

You're not going wrong, it's just that the hose is too weak.

good, because i went over that twice, and i was getting worried.

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