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Describing the motion of an object in one and two dimensions
In this project, you will demonstrate your mastery of the following competency:
Describe the motion of an object in one and two dimensions
You have recently joined the team at A&L, an engineering firm with a broad portfolio. A&L has recently been hired to help plan a supply drop following a natural disaster. Due to conditions on the ground, the supply drop will be done from the air. Your supervisor has asked you to use that information, as well as your knowledge of kinematics, to create a supply drop plan detailing how far the payload should be from the drop site when it is delivered. Additionally, due to adverse conditions in the area, your supervisor has asked you to prepare for two contingencies.
The plane carrying the supplies will be cruising at a constant velocity of 250 miles per hour relative to the ground and at a height of 2,650 meters above the target site. Using this information, create a supply drop plan including all required information and calculations outlined below. As you are completing your supply drop plan, remember that correct SI units are a required component of your calculations and descriptions.
1. Construct a diagram that describes the horizontal and vertical motion of the payload. Your diagram should visually represent the initial velocity and height of the payload as it approaches the drop site. To create the diagrams, you may use drawing tools, or you may photograph or screenshot a drawing of your own. This diagram should include the following elements:
The initial velocity of the payload
The initial height of the payload
Horizontal distance to the drop site
2. Using your understanding of kinematic equations and the given variables in the scenario, calculate the horizontal and vertical motion of the payload to ensure it arrives at the drop site. In your calculations, account for both the horizontal and vertical motion of the payload. Your calculations should address the following:
Initial velocity of the payload when launched
The velocity of the payload when it hits the ground