Conceptual Physics (12th Edition)

Published by Addison-Wesley
ISBN 10: 0321909100
ISBN 13: 978-0-32190-910-7

Chapter 10 - Think and Explain: 50

Answer

Yes, the monkey will be hit. Both fast and slow darts will do the trick.

Work Step by Step

As shown on page 186, the dart falls below the straight-line path by the same vertical distance it would if it were dropped from rest and fell for the same amount of time. However, the monkey falls in exactly that fashion, since it lets go when the dart is fired. They will meet in mid-air. A fast dart will meet the monkey sooner, at a higher height.
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