The froghopper, Philaenus spumarius, holds the world record for insect jumps.
The froghopper, Philaenus spumarius, holds the world record for insect jumps. When leaping at an angle of 58.0 degrees above the horizontal, some of the tiny critters have reached a maximum height of 58.7 cm above the level ground. The initial velocity is 4 m/s. What horizontal distance did the froghopper cover for this world-record leap?
Use the range equation:
range = sin2(θ)v2/9.8 where v is launch velocity
theta is the launch angle
range = sin2(58)16/9.8
range = 1.624 m