Education Technology

Modeling and Simulating Projectile Motion

Published on 11/30/2005

Activity Overview

This activity provides participants the opportunity to model and simulate projectile motion using a program and the TI-83/84 family of graphing calculators. It is a preliminary in-class activity used prior to actual launching an air-powered rocket

Before the Activity

The instructor will send the program RCKT to participants, have it available on a computer, or send it using the TI-Navigator™. The prgm RCKT can be linked using the approriate linking cable to participants' calculators.

During the Activity

Please see Modeling Projectile Motion worksheet for during the activity details.

After the Activity

Review student results:

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