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GR0877 Problem 1

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SOLUTION: (B) Once released, the ball experiences only the gravitational force (in this problem we ignore friction). Since the gravitational force has no horizontal component, the ball is moving in a straight line when viewed from above. Thus one should eliminate all but choices (B) and (D). The car is moving to the right, while the ball is thrown perpendicularly to this direction, so the initial velocity of the ball is directed towards southeast and preserves this direction in the future due to the absence of horizontal forces able to change this direction (Newton’s 2nd law). Choice (B).

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