The aim here is to understand and explain the parabolic motion of a thrown object, known as projectile motion. Motion in one direction is unrelated to motion in other perpendicular directions. Once the object has been thrown, the only acceleration is in the y (up/down) direction due to gravity. The x (right/left) direction velocity remains unchanged (neglecting air resistance).
Projectile motion and combining forces, examples of projectile motion.
Explains the basic concepts of projectile motion and how they fit into example problems.
Basics of projectile motion. Requires knowledge that the x-component of the velocity does not change.
A list of student-submitted discussion questions for Projectile Motion Concepts.
Discover how to hit a tennis ball to get it to land anywhere you want.
Try to hit a target by controlling the x and y velocity with which a cannon shoots.
A review of the terms distance, displacement, velocity, speed, and acceleration. Also looks at graphs of motion, using the kinematic equations, projectile motion, and free fall.