Projectile Motion

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Description

Blast a car out of a cannon, and challenge yourself to hit a target! Learn about projectile motion by firing various objects. Set parameters such as angle, initial speed, and mass. Explore vector representations, and add air resistance to investigate the factors that influence drag.

Sample Learning Goals

  • Determine how each parameter (initial height, initial angle, initial speed, mass, diameter, and altitude) affects the trajectory of an object, with and without air resistance.
  • Predict how varying the initial conditions will affect a projectile’s path, and provide an explanation for the prediction.
  • Estimate where an object will land, given its initial conditions.
  • Determine that the x and y motion of a projectile are independent.
  • Investigate the variables that affect the drag force.
  • Describe the the effect that the drag force has on the velocity and acceleration.
  • Discuss projectile motion using common vocabulary (such as: launch angle, initial speed, initial height, range, time).
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Teacher-Submitted Activities

A Projectile Motion-Introduction (Inquiry Based) A gold star indicates high-quality, inquiry-based activities that follow the PhET design guidelines. This contribution was designed by PhET. Trish Loeblein UG-Intro
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Concept questions for Physics using PhET (Inquiry Based) A gold star indicates high-quality, inquiry-based activities that follow the PhET design guidelines. This contribution was designed by PhET. Trish Loeblein UG-Intro
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Algebra-based Physics Semester one lessons, clicker questions, and schedule in pdf (Inquiry Based) A gold star indicates high-quality, inquiry-based activities that follow the PhET design guidelines. This contribution was designed by PhET. Trish Loeblein HS
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Kinematic Equation Activity A gold star indicates high-quality, inquiry-based activities that follow the PhET design guidelines. Shea Phillips HS Guided Physics
Quadratic Projectiles A gold star indicates high-quality, inquiry-based activities that follow the PhET design guidelines. beki toussaint HS Lab Mathematics
Experimental Design: Projectile Motion! A gold star indicates high-quality, inquiry-based activities that follow the PhET design guidelines. Jamie Schoenberger MS Guided
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Air Resistance Lesson A gold star indicates high-quality, inquiry-based activities that follow the PhET design guidelines. UTeach Middle School PhET Team MS Lab Physics
Projectile investigation for Middle School A gold star indicates high-quality, inquiry-based activities that follow the PhET design guidelines. Jefferson County Middle School Workshop MS Lab Earth Science
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Math in Motion A gold star indicates high-quality, inquiry-based activities that follow the PhET design guidelines. Sam Jones HS Lab
Math in Motion - Tasks A gold star indicates high-quality, inquiry-based activities that follow the PhET design guidelines. Sam Jones HS Lab Mathematics
Testing Predictions for Projectile Motion A gold star indicates high-quality, inquiry-based activities that follow the PhET design guidelines. Scott McCurdy HS
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How do PhET simulations fit in my middle school program? This contribution was designed by PhET. Sarah Borenstein MS Other Biology
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MS and HS TEK to Sim Alignment Elyse Zimmer MS
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Projectile Motion Discovery Sean Boston HS
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Projectile Motion Experiments Nawal Nayfeh UG-Intro
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Fee Fall Nawal Nayfeh UG-Intro
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Mapping of PhET and IBDP Physics Jaya Ramchandani HS Other Physics
PhET Simulations Aligned for AP Physics C Roberta Tanner HS Other Physics
Projectile Motion - developing understanding. Dan Hanson UG-Intro
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3 Projectile Motion Factors Mary Teren HS Lab
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Projectile Motion Craig Reuter HS Lab Physics
Projectile Motion Bernadette Kozak HS Lab Physics
Applications of Parametric Equations Andrzej Sokolowski HS
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Projectile Motion Lab Amy Jordan HS Lab Physics
Kinematics Wang Yunhe HS Lab Physics
Projectile Investigation Teresa Gill MS Lab
AP Physics PhET Projectile Motion Lab Nick Borowicz UG-Intro Lab
Projectile Motion-Using kinematic equations Elisabeth Pope HS Lab Physics
LEARNING AND SIMULATING PROJECTILE MOTION Yuriy Pinelis UG-Intro HW Physics
Projectile Motion Patrick Foley HS Lab Physics
Projectile Motion - Fired at an Angle David Carroll UG-Intro
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Projectile Motion Homework Danny Rehn UG-Adv HW
Linear and Quadratic Functions: analysis using graphing unkown unknown HS HW Mathematics
Projectile Motion Sarah Stanhope HS
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Understanding Projectile Motion Nathan Balasubramanian HS Lab Physics
Projectile Motion Simulator Worksheet Shannon Wallace HS CQs
Determination of angle of projection for maximum range Vincent Kizza HS Lab Physics
Projectile Motion: Gravity & Air Resistance Steve Reeves HS Lab Physics
Projectile Motion Lab #2 Chris Cochran MS Lab Mathematics
Physics
Projectile Motion Lab Exploration Jason Rott HS Lab Physics
Projectile Motion Investigation Robert Kennedy HS Lab Physics
Projectiles Air Resistance - It's a Drag David Moutoux HS Lab
Quantitative Predictions of Projectile Motion Scott McCurdy UG-Intro
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Projectile launch angle vs displacement Mick O'Byrne HS Lab
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Projectile Motion Phet Simulation Activity Drew Isola HS CQs
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Projectile Motion and Air Resistance Adrian Carmichael HS Lab
Investigating Projectile Motion John Scruggs HS Lab
Projectile Simuation Brad Boyle HS Lab Physics
Exploring Projectile Motion Cheri Wright HS Lab Physics
Projectile Motion Formal Lab Development and Report Michael Poynter HS Lab Physics
Projectile Motion: The Basic Flight Path Steve Reeves HS Lab Physics
Projectile Motion Exploration curt miller HS Lab Physics
Projectile Motion Investigation Jessica Mullins HS Lab Physics
SBL-Projectile Motion Yuli Estrian MS
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Lançamento Oblíquo Emilene Eichelberger HS Guided Physics
Movimento de projéteis y' e y" HS Other Physics
Movimiento Parabolico walter Manuel Trujillo Yaipen MS
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Movimiento Parabolico. Comaparacion de datos walter Manuel Trujillo Yaipen UG-Adv
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Practica de Movimiento Parabolico walter Manuel Trujillo Yaipen MS
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Practica Tiro Parabolico (traduccion) Gerardo Sarmiento HS
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