Problem: The speed of a projectile when it reaches its maximum height is one-half its speed when it is at half its maximum height. What is the initial projection angle of the projectile?

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In this problem, we are going to express the information given using equations then solve.

Uniform accelerated motion (UAM) equations, a.k.a. "kinematics equations":

 vf = v0 -gty= (vf+v02)ty= v0t-12gt2 vf2= v02 -2gy

The maximum height reached:

hmax=v02sin2θ2g

At maximum height, the speed of the projectile is equal to vx since vy = 0.

The speed at maximum height, vhmax = v0cosθ 

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The speed of a projectile when it reaches its maximum height is one-half its speed when it is at half its maximum height. What is the initial projection angle of the projectile?

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