Target Grades: 9-14
Students explore the vertical and horizontal components of projectile motion in this laboratory investigation using ramps, time trials, and a three man slingshot. Topics include trajectory motion, acceleration due to gravity, speed, and velocity. Includes guided calculations and encourages the use of calculation to predict apex and landing. After learning the basic concepts, students go outside and collect data using water balloons and a three man sling shot! Includes instructor’s manual, student worksheets, ramps, ball bearings, stopwatches, metric tapes, paper cups, string, washers, three man slingshot, and water balloons. Appropriate for any level physics course (including AP) as well as general science courses. Designed for working in groups of four to six, with materials sufficient for up to 36 students. Meets national standards for grades 9-12.
Sheet of Carbon Paper
Ball of String
Three-Man Slingshot w/ Balloons