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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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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 UG-Intro
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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 HS
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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
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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 MS
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Projectile motion Ali alobathani UG-Adv
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Projectile motion shahad alhammadi UG-Intro Lab Physics
Horizontal projectile motion Sara Mohammed UG-Intro Lab Physics
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Projectile motion – Complementary Angles and Range Wafa’a Al Kathiri HS
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Projectile Motion Shahad Alhosani UG-Intro Remote
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Projectile Motion - Physics 1 Lab Ahmad Mohammad Bin Haidar UG-Intro Remote
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Projectile Motion - developing understanding. Dan Hanson HS
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3 Projectile Motion Factors Mary Teren HS Guided
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Projectile Motion Craig Reuter HS Lab Physics
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