Projectile Motion

Have you ever wanted to shoot someone out of a canon? This simulation gives you that chance! In addition to a human, you can shoot a car, a piano, a cannon ball, and many other items. Scholars set the angle, initial speed, mass, air resistance, and placement of both the cannon and the target.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Make a mini catapult in class and try to control the projectile
  • Apply this to various sports such as table tennis, football, baseball, basketball, soccer, volleyball, etc.
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires Flash 9 or later
Pros

  • Provides links to more than 50 teacher-created lessons that use the simulation
  • Translates into more than 40 languages, offering versatility
  • Includes a document with an overview of the simulation, how to simplify it, and insights into student thinking
Cons

  • None