Projectile Motion

Dave Nero


Link to Simulation (requires flash) This simulation demonstrates projectile motion. Choose a projectile to launch, along with its launch parameters. Air resistance can be enabled to see how much of an effect it has. The target and tape measure can be repositioned.
  1. Does the mass of the projectile matter when air resistance is ignored? What if there is air resistance?
  2. With launch speed fixed, what angle maximizes range? What angle maximize time in the air?
  3. Try to hit the target.
  4. Without moving the target, can you hit it again using different launch parameters?
Credits: PhET Interactive Simulations University of Colorado Boulder