### VelocityThe velocity of a curve is the derivative of the vector function defining the curve:
The velocity is always tangent to the displacement curve.
Suppose you had a curve with a kink: What would the velocity be at the Kink? Answer: It would not exist, since the derivitive is not continuous at that point.
### SpeedThe speed of a vector function is the magnitude of it's velocity, as described by the equations below:
One can find the direction of the velocity as the unit vector tangent to the curve. That is:
`dir`.**v**=**v**/|**v**|One should also note that every curve will have two unit tangent vectors at any point. The direction of the unit tangent vector found in the previous equation depends on the direction in which t is increasing. The unit tangent vector found will always point in the direction of increasing t. To find the second unit tangent vector, multiply the first by -1. ### Acceleration**a**(t) = x''**i**+ y''**j**+ z''**k**### Projectile Motion Let's Find**r**(t).
**F**= m**a**= m**r**'' -mg**j**= m**r**''
**r**'' = -g**j**
**r**' = -gt**j**+**C1**
Using the initial conditions of**v**=**r**' =**V0**, at t = 0, we find that**C1**=**V0**, so
**v**(t) = -gt**j**+**V0**
**v**(t) = -gt**j**+**V0**cos(A)**i**+**V0**sin(A)**j**
**r**(t) = (-g*t^2)/2**j**+**V0**t +**C2**
Again, using intial conditions, for t = 0,**r**= 0, we find that**C2**= 0
**r**(t) = (-g*t^2)/2**j**+ t***V0***cos(A)**i**+ t***V0***sin(A)**j** Or, in Scalar (Parametric) form:`x(t) = t`**V0**cos(A) y(t) = (-g*t^2)/2 + t**V0**sin(A)### A Quick Review of Projectile Quantities**The Trajectory is a parabola:** Eliminate t from the parametric equations using:
`t = x/(`and, let**V0**cos(A))`n =`**V0**cos(A) So,`y = (-g/2)(x/n)^2 + (x/n)`**V0**sin(A) Thus, y is a quadratic function of x, and we have a parabola.
**Height, Flight Time and Range:**
- Max. height:
This is reached when**v**y = 0 We solve for the time, t, where this occurs:
**v**y`= 0 = -gt +`**V0**sin(A) t =**V0**sin(A)/g So,`ymax = (-g/2)(`**V0**sin(A)/g)^2 + (**V0**sin(A))^2/g = (**V0**sin(A))^2 / 2g
- Flight Time and Range:
The flight is over when y = 0. We solve the following equation to get the time:
`y = 0 = (-g*t^2)/2 + t`The range, R = xf, where xf = the position where the flight ends is:**V0**sin(A) t = 2**V0**sin(A) / g
`R =`**V0**^2 (2 sin(A) cos(A))/g = =**V0**^2 sin(2A) / g
- Max. height:
### Derivatives of Vector Functions`d/dt(`**u**(dot)**v**) =**u**(dot) d/dt(**v**) +**v**(dot) d/dt(**u**) d/dt(**u**x**v**) = d/dt(**u**) x**v**+**u**x d/dt(**v**) d**R**/ds = d**R**/dt * dt/ds = (d**R**/dt)/(ds/dt) = = velocity / speed = unit tangent vector
Written by Lawrence C. Weintraub on 2/21/95 Edited by Milos Borojevic on 2/21/95 Send Comments to lcw5@cornell.edu or mb49@cornell.edu |

Carlos Rodriguez <carlos@math.albany.edu> Last modified: Wed Feb 14 12:49:06 EST 1996