Determining Initial Velocity
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In a baseball game a base-runner can attempt to advance when a fielder catches a hit ball before it reaches the ground, so long as the runner doesn't leave base before the fielder catches the ball. The fielder then attempts to throw the ball to the base ahead of the runner. If a base-runner can run from 3rd base to home plate in 4.0 sec, how fast must the centerfielder's throw leave his hand if he makes the catch then immediately throws the ball 350 ft from home plate? Assume the base-runner leaves his base at the same instant the centerfielder throws the ball, and that the ball reaches the catcher standing over home plate at the same height from which it was thrown and at the same time the runner would reach the plate. [Hint: This is basically a problem of determining how much initial vertical velocity the ball needs to stay in the air long enough to reach the plate.]
The answer is 108 ft/sec but please help me deduct the process.© BrainMass Inc. brainmass.com May 25, 2023, 12:47 am ad1c9bdddf
This solution offers detailed step-wise solution to a kinematics problem which needs to find the initial velocity using time, distance and position of the bases.