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I need help coding a human cannonball ignoring air resistance

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Tiffany Orogun
Tiffany Orogun on 11 Mar 2020
Commented: Jim Riggs on 13 Mar 2020
I need to make a code on matlab for a human cannon ball, without taking drag into account. It's meant to be a simple code but i've only seen complicated solutions for the cannonball. I need it to be at an angle of 45. The cannonball angle has to be a vector. If possible without needing a while loop.

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Jim Riggs
Jim Riggs on 12 Mar 2020
Edited: Jim Riggs on 12 Mar 2020
Assuming zero drag and relatively low muzzle velocity ( acceleration due to gravity = constant), the point-mass trajectory can be described by simple kinematic relationships.
(See derivations in the attached paper)
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Jim Riggs
Jim Riggs on 13 Mar 2020
The reason that tghe second plot does not stop in the correct place is because you have defined the time span incorrectly for the second case.
You used the same horizontal velocity (v) for both. The second case (for t2) should use v2.
t = (2*v*sind(angle))/9.81; %We have used the equation t = (2*initial_velocity*angle)/g
% in order to calculate the time that it will take for this specific trajectory
% using our chosen values for the velocity and angle
t2 = (2*v*sind(angle2))/9.81;
(Also, you should get in the habit of NEVER hard-coding numeric constants in equations.
Use g=-9.81 or grav = -9.81 Ths will make your code more versitile in the future when you want to run the same calculation, but account for variations in g due to lattitude, (or on Mars, maybe) )

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