Grades 9-12: Students perform calculations to guide a stunt car through various challenges. This lab fulfills the NYS Regents Physics requirement for a projectile motion lab.
PHYSICAL SCIENCES (Grades 9-12)
A projectile motion lab is required for the NYS Regents Physics classroom, and state standards require a qualitative and quantitative understanding of the horizontal and vertical displacements as a function of launch angle. In a fun and engaging way, students meet these standards with this lab.
The lab apparatus consists of a launcher that includes three angle settings and a photogate placed to measure the initial launch velocity of the projectile. In Part I, the lab team will qualitatively experiment with a projectile motion simulation, working through the launch angle vs, dv and dh. In Part II, they calculate their car’s initial velocity from the photogate time and car length. After calculating the horizontal and vertical distances for the different launch angles, the lab team will attempt to hit a landing pad and have their car fly through the dreaded “Ring of Fire.”
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