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Problem: A rubber ball is dropped onto a ramp that is tilted at 20 , as shown in the figure. A bouncing ball obeys the "law of reflection," which says that the ball leaves the surface at the same angle it approached the surface. The balls next bounce is 3.0 { m m} to the right of its first bounce.What is the balls rebound speed on its first bounce?

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In this problem, we are given a ball that is launched from the surface through reflection. 

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

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

2D vectors Direction/Components:

|v|=vx2+vy2

tanθ=vyvx

vx=|v| cos θvy=|v| sin θ

We'll determine the launch angle from the laws of reflection.

Law of reflection: Angle of incidence is equal to the angle of reflection. 

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A rubber ball is dropped onto a ramp that is tilted at 20 , as shown in the figureA figure shows a ball bouncing down a slope tilted at a 20 degrees angle with respect to the horizontal. The ball falls straight then bounces sideways and travels a horizontal distance of 3 meters on its first bounce.. A bouncing ball obeys the "law of reflection," which says that the ball leaves the surface at the same angle it approached the surface. The balls next bounce is 3.0 to the right of its first bounce.

What is the balls rebound speed on its first bounce?

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