My Principles of Technology class is continuing to work on the preparations for the projectile motion project of launching a water balloon at me from 40 yards away.
Today, we analyzed how to calculate the maximum height and maximum range of a projectile.
I first showed them the formulas and we pulled apart the variables:
We then discussed that the mass of the object does NOT appear as any of the variables. We discussed why this is and then watched the following video:
Afterward, we started to work on the problems in the following online worksheet.
The first 5 questions are short answer and will vary by student. The answers to the last 15 questions are provided at the link below:
Up next, we will analyze drag coefficients and the impact of air/wind resistance on the flight path of the balloon.
We’ll then move into designing a launch apparatus that can launch the projectile at the correct angle and velocity.
Finally, we’ll move to testing. Fortunately, for this project, no fires!