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# What angle goes the farthest in launching a catapult?

## Answer

###### Wiki User

###### May 12, 2012 3:04PM

45°

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### Does the angle of a catapult affect the distance a ball would go?

Hello: * Yes, the angle of a catapult does affect the distance.
And this applies to both changing the angle of the catapult and
changing the angle of the terrain under the catapult. If you shoot
the catapult at say 45 degrees, you have very good distance. If you
shoot it at 30 degrees, while it may be further, it would be lower
to the ground and perhaps not travel as far hitting trees and
running into wind-shear. If you shoot at say 80 degrees, while the
lob goes high up in the air, it won't travel very far. So your best
bet, for maximum distance, is to take your catapult to the highest
possible altitude, aim for 45 degrees, taking into account the wind
direction and speed, and lob away. Don't hit anyone. :) Answer
Actually, the maximum distance that can be achieved from a catapult
is at an angle of 45 degrees. Every degree increase from 0 up to 45
approaches the maximum distance that something can be thrown. Every
degree from 45 to 90 decreases the distance.

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