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NUMB3RS - Season 3 - "End of Watch" - Angling for Distance

Published on 10/17/2008

Activity Overview

In "End of Watch," Charlie and Amita shoot flaming projectiles at a model they built. The question of how far a projectile can travel is a very old one. Throughout history, people have tried to launch weapons over great distances. Two primary factors play a role in solving this problem-- the force behind the projectile and the angle at which it is launched.
Students will understand how the angle at which a projectile is launched affects the distance in which it travels.

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.Share the attached CATAPULT calculator program for students to check their work.

After the Activity

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