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science physics# Why is the angle important when launching a projectile?

Last Updated: 13th January, 2020

**launch angles**have higher maximum height

**launch angles**have a larger vertical velocity component, increasing the

**launch angle**increases the maximum height.

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Similarly, it is asked, how does launch angle affect projectile motion?

From the initial **projectile** velocity equations (for component axis) more velocity is applied to the vertical component velocity as the **launch angle** increases. The horizontal velocity increases while vertical velocity of the **projectile** decreases as the **launch angle** goes to zero.

One may also ask, what is the optimal angle to launch a projectile? For ideal **projectile** motion, which starts and ends at the same height, maximum range is achieved when the firing **angle** is 45°. If air resistance is taken into account, the **optimal angle** is somewhat less than 45° and this is often considered obvious.

Also question is, what is projectile launched at an angle?

**Projectile Motion** for an Object **Launched at an Angle**. When an object is projected from rest at an upward **angle**, its initial velocity can be resolved into two components. The upward velocity undergoes constant downward acceleration which will result in it rising to a highest point and then falling backward to the ground

Why is 45 degrees the optimal angle for projectiles?

The sine function reaches its largest output value, 1, with an input **angle** of 90 **degrees**, so we can see that for the longest-range punts 2θ = 90 **degrees** and, therefore, θ = **45 degrees**. That means that the **best** way to launch a high-altitude **projectile** is to send it flying at a 90-**degree angle** to the ground—straight up.