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This web-based exercise was suggested to me by Susan Boone, my teacher.

Students will be provided with an extensive study of projectile motion using conventional classroom methods and websites associated with such topic. The ultimate goals are content mastery and application to an experiment in an outdoor setting.



This lab experience is suitable for students in Physics I. Students will need to have an understanding of basic motion equations prior to the study of projectile motion.



Texas Administrative Code (TAC), Title 19, Part II
Chapter 112. Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Science

§112.47. Physics.

(c) Knowledge and skills.

(2) Scientific processes. The student uses scientific methods during field and laboratory investigations. The student is expected to:

(B) make quantitative observations and measurements with precision;

(C) organize, analyze, evaluate, make inferences, and predict trends from data; and

(D) communicate valid conclusions.

(3) Scientific processes. The student uses critical thinking and scientific problem solving to make informed decisions. The student is expected to:

(A) analyze, review, and critique scientific explanations, including hypotheses and theories, as to their strengths and weaknesses using scientific evidence and information; and

(B) express laws symbolically and employ mathematical procedures including vector addition and right-triangle geometry to solve physical problems.

(4) Science concepts. The student knows the laws governing motion. The student is expected to:

(B) analyze examples of uniform and accelerated motion including linear, projectile, and circular.



Each student will:

1. Go to Resources and use the first website provided to get an introduction to projectile motion.
2. Go to Resources once again and visit any and/or all of the remaining websites.
3. Download the class notes and homework exercise provided.
4. After the lecture component, feel free to revisit the websites provided for you in Resources.
5. Complete the homework exercise and any additional exercises provided to you by your teacher.
6. Test.
7. Apply knowledge of projectile motion in a fun way. (See Conclusion.)

When it comes time for the water balloon launch, I commonly allow students to divide up into groups of their own choosing, as long as no safety concerns come to mind.


The water balloon launch is strictly optional.


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