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Projectile Motion

When an object is thrown, gravity acts upon it and affects the path traveled.

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Projectile Motion

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).
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Archery

Learn about projectile motion and predicting the path of a fired arrow.
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Water Fountain

Learn about projectile motion and its relevance to the shape of a stream of water.
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Cannon Simulation

Try to hit a target by controlling the x and y velocity with which a cannon shoots.
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Projectile Motion

Explains the basic concepts of projectile motion and how they fit into example problems.
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Projectile Motion of Objects

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Projectile Motion Concepts Quiz - PPB

Basics of projectile motion. Requires knowledge that the x-component of the velocity does not change.
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Projectile Motion Concepts Discussion Questions

A list of student-submitted discussion questions for Projectile Motion Concepts.
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