Education Technology

Projectile Motion

Published on 07/19/2006

Activity Overview

This activity uses the indefinite integral to locate one of a family of curves given specific initial information.

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 complete the following tasks on their graphing calculators:

  • Set up the vertical function.
  • Find the slope of the secant line.
  • Find the derivative of the height function.
  • Find the critical point on the derivative.
  • Check for max and min using the second derivative.
  • Create and draw the secant line to show the average velocity.
  • After the Activity

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