Students can investigate the effects of changing various initial quantities on the motion of a projectile. The simulation allows for firing a projectile over or up onto a cliff or over level ground. The results are displayed both graphically and mathematically.
Before the Activity
Load the program projectl.8xp onto the graphing calculator using TI-Connect or TI Graph Link.
During the Activity
The teacher can design a lab activity in which the students can solve a problem. For example, when firing over a cliff, is the launch angle of 45 degrees still the one that gives the greatest horizontal range?