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In this simulation, students can fire various objects out of a cannon, including a golf ball, football, pumpkin, human being, a piano, and a car. By manipulating angle, initial speed, mass, and air resistance, concepts of projectile motion come to light in a fun and game-like environment. Can you set the initial conditions so that you hit the target?
This item is part of a larger collection of interactive simulations developed by the Physics Education Technology project (PhET), all freely available from the PhET web site for incorporation into classes.
Editor's Note: See Related Materials for editor-recommended lessons to accompany this simulation. The first, "Air Resistance Lesson", is appropriate for middle school and includes scripted teacher discussion, content support, vocabulary lists, and modifiable worksheets. The second and third were developed for high school use and introduce basic trajectory and gravity with air resistance. All three lessons help learners stay on track as they use the PhET Projectile Motion simulation.
AAAS Benchmark Alignments (2008 Version)
4. The Physical Setting
11. Common Themes
Common Core State Standards for Mathematics Alignments
Standards for Mathematical Practice (K-12)
MP.2 Reason abstractly and quantitatively.
High School — Algebra (9-12)
Seeing Structure in Expressions (9-12)
High School — Functions (9-12)
Linear, Quadratic, and Exponential Models? (9-12)
This resource is part of a Physics Front Topical Unit.
Topic: Kinematics: The Physics of Motion
Unit Title: Motion in More Than One Dimension
Students can have fun exploring projectile motion as they interactively fire objects of varying mass from a cannon. Users may set initial velocity, angle, and air resistance. This resource would be teamed well with the Physics Classroom student tutorial on projectile motion (below).Link to Unit:
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PhET Simulation: Projectile Motion:
Accompanies PhET Teacher Activities: Air Resistance Lesson
A comprehensive lesson with scripted teacher discussion and student worksheets, developed for use in Grades 8-9 specifically to accompany the PhET simulation Projectile Motion.relation by Caroline Hall
Accompanies PhET Teacher Activities: Projectile Motion Investigation
A PBL (Problem-Based Learning) activity for conceptual physics that asks learners to take the role of artillery sergeants to prepare a report on the factors influencing the path of a projectile fired from a cannon.relation by Caroline Hall
Accompanies PhET Teacher Activities: Projectile Motion-Gravity & Air Resistance
A context-rich activity for Grades 8-10 explores the effects of air resistance and gravity on the motion of a projectile.relation by Caroline Hall
Is Part Of PhET: Physics Education Technology
Is a Student Extra Of Physics Classroom: Describing Projectiles With Numbers: Horizontal and Vertical Displacement
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