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Use two photogates to learn how two independent motions, horizontal and vertical, are descriptions of the motion of a projectile.
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.
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.
Digital extension cable (optional)
Time of flight pad
Photogate mounting bracket
Carbon paper (optional)
Large table clamp
Metric tape measure
Tape ~ 1 roll
Pencil or pen
Sheet of white paper ~ 10
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