Projectile Motion

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  • Kinematics
  • Air Resistance
  • Parabolic Curve
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Topics

  • Kinematics
  • Air Resistance
  • Parabolic Curve
  • Vectors
  • Drag Force
  • Projectile Motion

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).

Standards Alignment

Common Core - Math

HSF-LE.B.5
Interpret the parameters in a linear or exponential function in terms of a context.
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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 HS
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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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Quadratic Functions for Projectile Motion A gold star indicates high-quality, inquiry-based activities that follow the PhET design guidelines. Sarah Hampton and Sally Gillett 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 Lab
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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 Mathematics
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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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Regents Physics- Projectile Motion Intro Alex Reyda HS Lab Physics
Projectile Motion Simulator David Wirth HS Lab Physics
Mapping of PhET and IBDP Physics Jaya Ramchandani HS Other Physics
MS and HS TEK to Sim Alignment Elyse Zimmer MS
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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
Projectile Guided Inquiry Laura Mattick HS Guided Physics
Inquiry Projectile Activity Jeff Drach MS
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Alineación de PhET con los planes de estudio de la SEP para Preescolar (2017) This contribution was designed by PhET. Diana López K-5 Demo
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Atividade de Lançamento Oblíquo Jeirla Monteiro, Gilvandenys L. Sales HS Other Physics
Atividades sobre o movimento dos corpos Artur Araújo Cavalcante e Gilvandenys Leite Sales HS
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Mecânica (Atividades) nos OA's do PhET Artur Araújo Cavalcante e Gilvandenys Leite Sales HS
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Cinemática (Atividades) nos OA's do PhET Artur Araújo Cavalcante e Gilvandenys Leite Sales UG-Intro
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Velocidade e Aceleração no Lançamento de Projéteis no "Projectile Motion (HTML5)" Artur Araújo Cavalcante e Gilvandenys Leite Sales Other
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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 HS
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Lançamento de Projéteis José Carlos Ferreira Bastos, Darkson Fernandes da Costa UG-Intro
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Lançando Projéteis no "Projectile Motion (HTML5)" Artur Araújo Cavalcante e Gilvandenys Leite Sales MS
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Lançamento Oblíquo Inicial Carlos Albuquerque MS Demo
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Practica de Movimiento Parabolico walter Manuel Trujillo Yaipen MS
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Practica Tiro Parabolico (traduccion) Gerardo Sarmiento MS
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CLASE GRADO 10 FISICA nicolas rivera HS Lab Physics
Trabajo práctico: Tiro Parabólico MONICA CRAVERO MS
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