# 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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Algebra-based Physics Semester one lessons, clicker questions, and schedule in pdf (Inquiry Based) Trish Loeblein HS
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Concept questions for Physics using PhET (Inquiry Based) Trish Loeblein UG-Intro
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A Projectile Motion-Introduction (Inquiry Based) Trish Loeblein HS
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Quadratic Functions for Projectile Motion Sarah Hampton and Sally Gillett HS
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Quadratic Projectiles beki toussaint HS Lab Mathematics
Experimental Design: Projectile Motion! Jamie Schoenberger MS Guided
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Air Resistance Lesson UTeach Middle School PhET Team MS Lab Physics
Projectile investigation for Middle School Jefferson County Middle School Workshop MS Lab Earth Science
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Projectile Motion Experiment Salsabil Alsamman HS
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Projectile Motion (HTML5) adham khaled UG-Adv
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Projectile Motion - Lab Experiment Maryam Alblooshi UG-Intro Lab Physics
Projectile Motion bashaer Abdalla Salim Alnaqbi UG-Intro Lab Physics
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Projectile motion Zayed Hamad Almazrouei UG-Intro Lab Physics
Projectile Motion Experiment Abdulla Abdulla Alawadhi UG-Intro
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Projectile Motion Lab Report Omar Alnoman UG-Intro Lab Physics
Projectile motion lab report Mohmmaed Nasser Moneim HS
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projectile motion Maryam Talal UG-Intro Lab Physics
Projectile Motion Lab Report Yasmeen Alameeri HS
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Air Resistance Bob Poltis UG-Intro Lab
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Projectile Motion Virtual Lab Activity Jacob Zalkind HS
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Projectile motion Maitha Majjan UG-Intro
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Projectile motion experiment jawaher bin hammad UG-Intro Lab Physics
Horizontal projectile motion Sara Mohammed UG-Intro Lab Physics
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projectile motion Fatma Al-Ali HS Lab Physics
Projectile Motion Elmustafa Elmubarak UG-Intro Lab Physics
Projctile motion Saeed ali UG-Intro Lab Physics
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Projectile motion lab report fadi kazzaz UG-Intro Lab Physics
Projectile Motion Mostafa Hassan Mohammed Elmallah UG-Intro Lab Physics
Projectile motion, range, time, velocity Mouza Jamal Alnuaimi UG-Intro Remote
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Projectile Motion Abdelmonem Atef UG-Adv
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Project motion worksheet Yousef Alaa UG-Intro Lab Physics
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Projectile Motion Suha AlHadha HS
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Projectile worksheet Majed Mansoor Al Hashimi UG-Intro Lab Physics
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Projectile Motion Ross Pinkerton, Joanne Roque HS Guided
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Projectile Motion ( including air resistance ) Fatma Fuad HS
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Projectile Motion karim allahham UG-Intro Lab Physics
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projectile mothion abood hamad UG-Intro Lab Physics
Projectile Motion Amna Binshemel UG-Intro
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Projectile Motion Lab Report Abdullah Salehi HS Lab
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Projectile Aisha Alhammadi HS
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Projectile Motion Ghalya Alzarooni MS
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Projectile Motion Noura Jasim UG-Intro
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Projectile Motion Amna Faisal HS
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Projectile motion Maitha Abdulla Almazrouei UG-Intro
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Projectile Motion Shahad Alhosani UG-Intro Remote
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Projectile motion and horizontal component of its velocity Daniah AlAli HS
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projectile motion Ali Humaid Alaleeli UG-Intro Lab Physics
projectile abdullah hosameldin UG-Intro Lab Physics
Projectile Motion report Ahmed Alsuwaidi HS HW
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Projectile Motion--Horizontal and Full Trajectory Lynn Kistler HS Lab Physics
Projectile Motion Ahd Shoshaa HS
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Motion Lab Report Abdulbasit Warsame UG-Intro
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projectile motion simulation Mahmoud Aman UG-Intro Lab Physics
projectil motion lab report form Mujtaba Abbas UG-Intro Lab Physics
Horizontal Release Projectile Relationships Amy Carpinelli UG-Intro
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Horizontal Projectile Motion Osama Abdulghani UG-Intro Lab Physics
projectile motion Amr Yehia UG-Intro
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Projectile motion Ahmed Ez Eddin UG-Intro
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projectile motion Ahmed Ez Eddin HS
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Projectile Motion Worksheet Aseel Atheer Grad Guided
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Projectile Motion Salem Al Mheiri UG-Adv Lab Physics
Projectile Motion Ismail Zein UG-Intro Lab Physics
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Projectile Motion Mohamed Alameeri UG-Intro Remote Physics
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Motions Air resistance zuhair M Z Abdalmenem UG-Intro
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Horizontal Projectile Motion Abdallah Alalawneh UG-Intro Lab Physics
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Projectile Motion Nadia Lvov UG-Intro
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motion along straight line with constant acceleration Tahani Sarayreh HS
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Projectile Lab (Angled Launch) Arooj Mukarram UG-Intro
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Projectile Lab (Horizontal Launch) Arooj Mukarram 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
Tir parabòlic Jordi Plana MS HW Physics
Projectile Parabolas Amy Read HS Guided Mathematics
Launching Pumpkins - Solving Quadratic Functions Craig Seaver MS
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Comparing Speed and Angle to projectile distance Jeff Springer MS Guided Physics
3 Projectile Motion Factors Mary Teren HS Lab
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Exploring Vectors and Projectile Motion Brian Minchen HS Guided Physics
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Corona vírus vs lançamento de projéteis Cleison Lima Grad
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Queda Livre no "Projectile Motion (HTML5)" Artur Araújo Cavalcante e Gilvandenys Leite Sales HS
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Lançamento Vertical de Projéteis no "Projectile Motion (HTML5)" Artur Araújo Cavalcante e Gilvandenys Leite Sales HS
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Lançamento Horizontal de Projéteis no "Projectile Motion (HTML5)" Artur Araújo Cavalcante e Gilvandenys Leite Sales MS
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Lançando Projéteis no "Projectile Motion (HTML5)" Artur Araújo Cavalcante e Gilvandenys Leite Sales HS
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Language Download or Run Tips
Albanian All shqip Lëvizja e projektileve
Arabic All العربية حركة المقذوفات
Azerbaijani All Azerbaijani Üfüqə nəzərən bucaq altında atılmış cismin hərəkəti
Basque All Euskara Jaurtigaiaren higidura
Belarusian All беларускі Рух у гравітацыйным полі
Bosnian All Bosanski Kretanje projektila
Chinese (Simplified) All 中文 (中国) 斜抛运动
Chinese (Traditional) All 中文 (台灣) Projectile Motion_拋射運動
Croatian All hrvatski Gibanje projektila
Danish All Dansk Skrå kast
Dutch All Nederlands Projectielbeweging
French All français Mouvement d'un projectile
Georgian All ქართული გასროლილი სხეული
German All Deutsch Projektilbewegung
Greek All Ελληνικά Κίνηση βλήματος
Hebrew All עברית תנועת קליע
Hungarian All magyar Ágyúgolyó futam
Irish All Gaeilge Gluaisne Theilgeáin
Italian All italiano Moto del proiettile
Japanese All 日本語 放物運動
Korean All 한국어 포물선 운동
Latvian All Latviešu Kustības projekcija
Lithuanian All Lietuvių Šovinio judėjimas
Maori All Maori Te Ara Whiu
Mongolian All Монгол (Монгол) Шидэгдсэн биеийн Хөдөлгөөн
Norwegian Bokmal All Norsk bokmål Prosjektilbevegelse
Persian All فارسی حرکت پرتابه
Polish All polski Rzuty
Portuguese (Brazil) All português (Brasil) Movimento de Projétil
Romanian All română Mișcarea proiectilelor
Serbian All Српски Кретање пројектила
Slovak All Slovenčina Let strely
Slovenian All Slovenščina Poševni met
Spanish All español Movimiento de un Proyectil
Spanish (Mexico) All español (México) Movimiento de un Proyectil
Spanish (Peru) All español (Perú) Movimiento de un Proyectil
Swedish All svenska Kastparabel
Tamil All Tamil எறியத்தின் பறப்பு
Telugu All Telugu ప్రక్షేపక చలనం
Thai All ไทย การเคลื่อนที่แบบพรอเจกไตล์
Turkish All Türkçe Mermi Hareketi
Ukrainian All українська Рух снарядів
Uzbek All Uzbek Gorizontga burchak ostida otilgan jism harakati
Vietnamese All Tiếng Việt Chuyển động của đạn tử
Welsh All Welsh Mudiant Tafelgryn

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