# Horizontal Launch

Pro Problems > Physics > Motion and Forces > Projectile Motion## Horizontal Launch

A cannonball is fired from a cannon, at a height of 3 feet from the ground.

The cannonball travels 80 yards before hitting the ground. At what speed is the cannonball traveling when it hits the ground?

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