Classical Physics


An Alternate View of the Elliptic Property of a Family of Projectile Paths

Authors: Radhakrishnamurty Padyala

Fernandez-Chapou and coworkers analyzed projectile trajectories and showed an elliptic property hidden in them. They pointed out and demonstrated a little known property of these projectiles, namely, the vertices of these projectiles lie on an ellipse. We present in this article an alternate view point of observing this ellipse. We emphasize, that we don’t use vectors or calculus or Newton’s laws in our analysis. We follow the traditions of Galileo – we use geometry principles. We consider here the semi parabolic paths of the projectiles.

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[v1] 2018-08-22 13:42:07

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