Friday, September 11, 2015

Flying Snakes

In my search for some interesting physics news, one article in science daily caught my eye. This article was about flying snakes! I know right, scary thought! The article talks about how the snakes are able to launch themselves from up to 15 m high and are able to travel 24 m in the horizontal direction. That's pretty amazing. The snakes fire themselves at an average velocity 9 m/s in the horizontal direction. Given the information above and neglecting wind resistance, how long would it take the snake to reach its victim standing 24 m away if it fires straight off of the tree branch 15 m in the air?

PS. I have removed a lot of variables to compensate for what we have learned so far.

If you would like to read more about these flying snakes check out the links bellow:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/11/101122200555.htm

http://www2.esm.vt.edu/~jjsocha/socha_lab/Publications_files/2010_Socha_et_al_BB.pdf

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