Education Technology

Projectile Motion Vector and Parametric Models

Published on 07/19/2006

Activity Overview

Students will derive the vector model of projectile motion, and then derive the parametric model from the vector model. An example is then supplied that shows students how to solve a typical projectile motion problem using the graphing calculator.

Before the Activity

See the attached Activity PDF file(s) for detailed instructions for this activity.

During the Activity

Follow the procedures outlined in the activity.

Students will:

  • Be able to derive the vector model of projectile motion.
  • Derive the parametric model from the projectile model.
  • Be able to solve a typical projectile motion problem using the graphing calculator.
  • After the Activity

  • Review student results
  • As a class, discuss questions that appeared to be more challenging
  • Re-teach concepts as necessary