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Precalculus: Parametric Projectile Motion
by Texas Instruments - Action Consequence, TI Math, TI-Nspire Navigator Lesson

Published on November 29, 2011

Objectives

  • Students will understand how changing the initial velocity and the initial angle change the path of a projectile.
    • Students will be able to write the parametric equations for the path of a projectile.

Vocabulary

  • parametric
  • projectile
  • velocity
  • angle
  • vector

About the Lesson

This lesson involves observing how changing the initial values affects the path of a projectile.
As a result, students will:

  • Discover the parametric equations for the path of a projectile.
  • Test an initial velocity and an initial angle and determine if they have chosen the right values to make a basket.
  • Identify the conditions that must be met to make a basket.