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# Question 47

A ball is thrown vertically upwards from the top of a tower with an initial velocity of 19.6m/s. the ball reaches the ground after 5s. Calculate: (i) the height of the tower, (ii) the velocity of ball on reaching the ground. Take g=9.8m/s^2 Looking to do well in your science exam ? Learn from an expert tutor. Book a free class!

Given:

Initial velocity=19.6m/s, t=5s;

Velocity at the highest point is zero

(i) To calculate the height of the tower

Assume‘d’ to be the height of the tower and ‘h’ to be the distance from the top of the tower to the maximum height as shown in the figure. We know from the equation of motion,

(ii)

Let t1 be the time taken by the ball to reach the greatest point from the top of the tower

To calculate the time for which the ball remains in the air;

We know the from the equation of motion,

v=u-gt

0 = 19.6 – (9.8)(t1)

t1 = 2s

Assume motion for (h+d) part;

Time taken for the ball to reach from the highest point of the tower to the ground is

t-t1 = 5-2 = 3s

From the equation of motion,

0 = 19.6 – (9.8)(t1)

t1 = 2s

Assume motion for (h+d) part;

Time taken for the ball to reach from the highest point of the tower to the ground is

t-t1 = 5-2 = 3s

From the equation of motion,

s=u t+1 / 2 g t^{2}

‘s’ here is the distance from the top of the tower to the highest point, i.e., h+d \begin{array}{l} \Rightarrow \mathrm{h}+\mathrm{d}=0+1 / 2(9.8)(3)^{2} \\ \Rightarrow \mathrm{d}+19.6=44.1 \mathrm{m} \\ \Rightarrow \mathrm{d}=24.5 \mathrm{m} \end{array}

The height of the tower is 24.5m

(iii) Assume ‘v’ be the velocity of the ball when it strikes the ground

We know from the relation;

v = u +gt

v = 0 + (9.8)(3)

= 29.4m/s

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