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Bell Ringer: The Path of a Projectile

Published on 08/02/2010

Activity Overview

Students use a parametric plot to make a graph of the path of a projectile.

Key Steps

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    In this activity, students investigate how various characteristics of a projectile's initial motion affect its path. They begin by studying the characteristics of a simple projectile fired at an angle to the horizontal.

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    They create a parametric graph of the equations describing the projectile's horizontal and vertical motion.

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    Finally, they vary the initial conditions of the projectile's motion and observe the effects on its path.