Education Technology

NUMB3RS - Season 2 - "Hot Shot" - Parabolic Food Fight

Published on 10/17/2008

Activity Overview

In "Hot Shot," Larry is in his office catapulting grapes with a spoon to practice for the Physics Department food fight. This catapulting action is similar to work that was done in the Middle Ages, when Galileo Galilei found that the path of a projectile can be modeled by a parabola.

Before the Activity

Download the attached PDF and look over the Teacher Page.

During the Activity

Discuss the materials from the Student Page with your class.

After the Activity

Encourage students to explore web sites and questions from the Extensions page.