Projectiles

Successful lab activities centered around projectiles and the independence of horizontal and vertical motion depend upon equipment that can provide consistent results. PASCO launchers provide accurate launch angles and initial velocities resulting in consistent and repeatable results.

The Launchers

We offer two different projectile launchers. There is our full sized Projectile Launcher which offers selectable ranges of 1.2, 3, or 5 m and launch angles from 0º to 90º.  Also available is our Mini Launcher which is great for table top experiments with ranges of 0.5, 1, and 2 m and the ability to fire it downward with launch angles from -45º to 90º.

The Projectile Launcher uses plastic balls while the Mini Launcher uses steel balls.  Both include a loading rod, angle indicator, plumb bobs and a 2D collision accessory for studying conservation of momentum in two dimensions.

The Projectile Launcher is designed to be clamped to a lab table while the Mini Launcher can be clamped directly to a table or used with the optional mounting rod.

Buy and save!  The Projectile Launcher Smart Gate System is a complete package that includes our Mini Launcher, a Smart Gate and Projectile Mounting Bracket, a Table Clamp, and a Steel Mounting Rod for a lower price than buying each piece separately.

Projectile Launcher

(ME-6800)

Launch plastic spheres up to 5 m with highly repeatable results.

Mini Launcher

(ME-6825B)

Launch metal spheres up to 2 m with highly repeatable results.

Projectile Launcher Smart Gate System

(ME-6798)

Study projectile motion and measure speeds accurately with the system containing the mini launcher and Smart gate.

Adding Measurement

Adding a photogate mounting bracket and our Smart Gate (a dual photogate) provides accurate measurements of the initial velocity of a projectile shot from one of our Launchers. 

Want to measure the time-of-flight of the projectile? Our Time-of-Flight Accessory does exactly that. It connects to the Smart Gate allowing all the important parameters of the projectile's flight to be measured.

Carbon paper is a tried and true method of marking where the ball hits the surface and determining the distance traveled.

Smart Gate

(PS-2180)

Photogate that can be connected to any PASPORT interface, has auxiliary port to daisy chain gates, double beams for accurate speed measurement, and a special photogate tape slot.

Photogate Mounting Bracket

(ME-6821A)

This bracket mounts one or two Photogate Heads or a Smart Gate on any PASCO Projectile Launcher.

Time-of-Flight Accessory

(ME-6810A)

Use with a Photogate to capture time of flght data. Timing starts when object passes through photogate and stops when object impacts this landing pad. For use with PASPORT and ScienceWorkshop Interfaces.

Carbon Paper (100 Sheets)

(SE-8693)

Carbon paper is ideal for marking the position of an object as it strikes the floor or any other surface.

Great Demos

Two ways of showing students the independence of x and y motion are the classic "Shoot-the-Target" or "Monkey and Hunter" demonstration as well as launching a projectile horizontally while simultaneously dropping another as our Drop Shoot Accessory allows you to do.

Shoot-The-Target is compatible with both the Projectile Launcher and Mini Launcher

The Drop Shoot Accessory is compatible with the Projectile Launcher only.

Shoot-the-Target

(ME-6853)

This photogate-triggered drop box has a unique electromagnet design for a quick release of the target.

Drop Shoot Accessory

(ME-9859)

Clearly demonstrate the independence of x and y motion using this accessory with the PASCO Projectile Launcher (ME-6800).

Ballistic Pendulums

PASCO launchers can be used in ballistic pendulum experiments to investigate conservation of momentum and conservation of energy.

Our standalone Ballistic Pendulum is used with the Projectile Launcher. It is available by itself (No Launcher) or as a set that includes the Projectile Launcher.

The probeware option is to use our Ballistic Pendulum Accessory or Mini Launcher Ballistic Pendulum Accessory along with our Rotary Motion Sensor. This option requires a PASCO interface and PASCO software, either Capstone or SPARKvue.

Ballistic Pendulum (without launcher)

(ME-6831)

The ballistic pendulum allows determination of the velocity of a projectile through measuring mass and angle of deflection of the arm.

With Launcher (ME-6830)

Ballistic Pendulum Accessory

(ME-9892)

Combine this accessory with the PASCO Projectile Launcher and a Rotary Motion Sensor to study ballistic pendulums, momentum and energy.

Mini Ballistic Pendulum Accessory

(ME-6829)

Combine this accessory with the Mini Launcher and a Rotary Motion Sensor to study ballistic pendulums, momentum and energy.

PASPORT Rotary Motion Sensor

(PS-2120A)

Put a new spin on many common experiments with this highly versatile sensor.

Spares Kits

Replacements for your Projectile Launcher or Mini Launcher

Launcher Spares Kit

(ME-6802)

Replacement supplies for the PASCO Projectile Launcher (ME-6800)

Mini Launcher Spares Kit

(ME-6824)

Replacement supplies for the Mini Launcher (ME-6825A).

Individual Spares & Accessories

Small Steel Balls (10 pack)

(ME-9872)

Replacement steel spheres for the Mini Projectile Launcher (ME-6825).

Steel Balls (4 pack)

(ME-9864)

Replacement steel spheres for the PASCO Projectile Launcher (ME-6800).

Plastic Balls (10 Pack)

(ME-6822)

Extra projectile balls for the PASCO Projectile Launcher (ME-6800).

Spherical Mass Set

(ME-8968)

Spherical masses with the same diameter but various masses and rotational inertias. Compatible with the ME-6800 Projectile Launcher.

Plumb Bobs (10 Pack)

(SE-8728)

These finished steel plumb bobs are precision machined to a fine point.

Launcher Sights

(ME-9865)

Replacement aiming sights for the PASCO Projectile Launcher (ME-6800). 5-Pack.

Large C Clamp (6 Pack)

(SE-7285)

This rugged 10 cm clamp is perfect for attaching a variety of objects to a table. Package of 6.

Plumb Bobs (10 Pack)

(SE-8728)

These finished steel plumb bobs are precision machined to a fine point.