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Dear Steve, good morning to you.

I have a question to solve that it is:
"If I have an arrow with weight in 425 grams and this arrow it is
launched by a strong bow at a long distance, creating a parabola and when this arrow reaches the curve of the parabola (tangent), beginning dropping at height of about 30 meter, which will be the speed and a relative weight when the arrow touch the ground?"
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Ary Neiva

Hello Ary,

I can help you determine the vertical component of the velocity at touchdown, but I don't know the horizontal details. Therefore I can't determine the horizontal component of the velocity, or the resultant velocity.

Use the kinematic formula
Vf^2 = Vi^2 + 2*a*h
where Vi = 0 -- the conditions at the peak of the trajectory are taken as the initial conditions,
a = g = 9.8 m/s^2,
h = 30 m. Vf is the vertical component of the velocity immediately before it reaches the ground. If the arrow had been shot straight up, this would be the velocity it hit the ground with.

I'm not familiar with the phrase "relative weight" in a physics sense. If it had been shot straight up, the velocity immediately before it reaches the ground would be Vf from above. And the momentum = m*Vf. The ground would give it an impulse equal to F*t which is also equal to the change in momentum. Since the arrow comes to a stop, the change in momentum is m*Vf. Then we could write
F*t = m*Vf
Now, if we only knew how quickly it comes to a stop, perhaps 0.01 s or perhaps 0.05 s, we could solve the above equation for F and know the force exerted to stop it. If it had been shot straight up. That force is the what I might guess as the meaning of relative weight.

I hope this helps,


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I would be delighted to help with questions up through the first year of college Physics. Particularly Electricity, Electronics and Newtonian Mechanics (motion, acceleration etc.). I decline questions on relativity and Atomic Physics. I also could discuss the Space Shuttle and space flight in general.


I have a BS in Physics and an MS in Electrical Engineering. I am retired now. My professional career was in Electrical Engineering with considerable time spent working with accelerometers, gyroscopes and flight dynamics (Physics related topics) while working on the Space Shuttle. I gave formal classroom lessons to technical co-workers periodically over a several year period.

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