Projectile motion (part 1) | One-dimensional motion | Physics | Khan Academy | Summary and Q&A

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November 1, 2007
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Projectile motion (part 1) | One-dimensional motion | Physics | Khan Academy

TL;DR

In this video, the presenter explains how to calculate the height of a cliff using projectile motion equations.

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Q: What is the goal of the presenter in this video?

The presenter aims to teach viewers how to calculate the height of a cliff using projectile motion equations.

Q: Why does the presenter use a negative sign for velocity and height?

The presenter follows the convention that upward motion is positive and downward motion is negative.

Q: Is it necessary to assume no air resistance in this problem?

Yes, for the calculations in this problem, it is assumed that there is no air resistance acting on the object.

Q: What can be understood from the negative height value obtained?

The negative height value indicates that the object has fallen below the reference point, which is assumed to be zero distance.

Summary & Key Takeaways

• The presenter introduces a problem where they are at the top of a cliff and jump down. The goal is to determine the height of the cliff.

• Using the formula for change in distance, which is equal to average velocity times time, the presenter explains the process of finding the average velocity and time.

• By calculating the average velocity as -50 meters per second and the time as 10 seconds, the presenter determines that the height of the cliff is -500 meters.