Advanced PlacementCollegeHigh School / Physics

Two-Dimensional Motion: Projectiles

Students use a photogate and mini launcher to measure the variables that affect the two-dimensional motion of a projectile launched horizontally, and then use those variables to accurately predict and test the projectile's horizontal range.


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Standards Correlations

IB Topics AP Topics
1.3; 2.1 3.E.1.3; 3.E.1.4

Featured Equipment

Four-Scale Meter Stick

Four Scale Meter Stick

A convenient measuring device that includes four different metric scales of various precision.

Carbon Paper

Carbon Paper (100 Sheets)

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

Smart Gate

Wireless Smart Gate

The Wireless Smart Gate has all the features of the wired Smart Gate plus the added flexibility of wireless connection to your data collection system.

Aluminum Table Clamp

This clamp with 6.5 cm grip width, accepts plain or threaded rods up to 1/2 inch or 1.25 cm.

Mini Launcher

Mini Launcher

The Mini Launcher launches metal spheres up to 2.0 m high to produce highly accurate and repeatable data for classroom projectile analysis.

Photogate Mounting Bracket

Photogate Mounting Bracket

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

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Source: Lab #05

Advanced Physics 1 Lab Manual

Two-Dimensional Motion: Projectiles