Fundamentals of Physics Extended (10th Edition)

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Chapter 4 - Motion in Two and Three Dimensions - Questions: 6b

Answer

The fruitcake in curve 2 does not necessarily have to land closer or further from he launch point. The angle of the curves is needed to determine the answer.

Work Step by Step

The angle of launch that creates the greatest displacement is 45$^{\circ}$. If Curve 1 is less than 45$^{\circ}$, then by default Curve 2 has to travel a shorter distance. If Curve 1 is greater than 45$^{\circ}$, then the angle of Curve 2 must be known to determine the answer.
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