Ballistic Y Position

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The Vertical Position calculator computes the vertical (y component) position based on an initial velocity, launch angle, and time.ballistics.png

INSTRUCTIONS: Choose units and enter the following:

  • (V0) This is the magnitude of the initial velocity
  • (Θ) This is the launch angle
  • (t) This is the time into the ballistic flight.
  • (h) This is the initial height above the plane.

Vertical Position (y):  The calculator returns the relative position in meters.  However this can be automatically converted to compatible units via the pull-down menu.

The Math / Science

The Ballistic Vertical Position equation  calculates an object's position in the y direction, the vertical component of its ballistic trajectory.  This is the equation for the ideal projectile, which means it neglects external forces such as air resistance. Since in the ideal projectile motion model the force of gravity is the only force component affecting the trajectory, and the force of gravity is parallel to the y-component of motion, the gravitational acceleration  is the only affect the ballistic y-velocity.  The y-component of position changes based on the time and the constant acceleration.  The formula for the vertical position is:

     y = h + sin(Θ)•V•t - ½gt²

where:

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