Project at a Glance
How do you calculate the motion of a projectile in order to hit a target?
The students design and construct a repeatable and quantifiable demonstration of projectile motion using low cost materials (PVC pipe, plywood, rubber bands, etc). They brainstorm and design a device. They construct their device and execute several tests. Students need to use your knowledge of quadratic functions in order to hit a target. They also need to collect and analyze data in order to determine how the motion of your projectile depends of factors such as angle of elevation and initial velocity.
Grade Level: 11th, High School