Robin and the rat

Classical Mechanics Level 2

Robin Hood wants to shoot a rat that's standing on the top of a pillar \(4.24475~\mbox{m}\) high. The distance between Robin and the pillar is \(10~\mbox{m}\). The rat has seen Robin, and is eyeing him with its beady little rodent eyes and debating whether stepping off the pillar or risking Robin's shot gives a better chance of survival. The rat decides to step off. Robin releases his arrow right when the rat steps off the pillar. If he successfully shoots the rat what was the angle the arrow was shot at with respect to the ground in degrees ?

Details and assumptions

  • Assume the arrow is released from the ground.
  • This problem was submitted by Kiriti M.

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