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Physics through Inquiry Teacher Guide

(PS-2873C)

Features over 30 inquiry based labs covering the core topic areas of mechanics, electricity and magnetism, optics, thermodynamics and more.

Projectile Motion

Lab Summary

Use two photogates to learn how two independent motions, horizontal and vertical, are descriptions of the motion of a projectile.

Theory

This experiment illustrates projectile motion as the sum of two independent motions, horizontal and vertical. Students:

  • Learn how two independent motions are descriptions for the motion of a projectile.
  • Apply the equations of motion to a two-dimensional system.
  • Investigate how the launch angle of a projectile influences its motion.

Method

Students will gain experience conducting the following procedures:

  • Measuring the initial velocity of a projectile.
  • Measuring the time of flight of a projectile.
  • Interpreting data to predict the angle that will yield the longest range.
  • Calculating the correct angle to hit a target at a given range.

Materials Used:

Digital adapter

Digital extension cable (optional)

Time of flight pad

Projectile launcher

Projectile

Photogate mounting bracket

Carbon paper (optional)

Large table clamp

Plumb bob

Ram rod

Short rod

Metric tape measure

Tape ~ 1 roll

Pencil or pen

Sheet of white paper ~ 10

The Associated Bundle:

Interface Required

This experiment may require software and an interface for data collection.