Projectile Motion Kit

Product Code: ME-1262


This set of projectile motion experiments can be performed with the equipment included in the Projectile Motion Kit (ME-1262).

Grade Level: College • High School

Subject: Physics


01) Projectile Motion – Wireless

This experiment is in four parts: 1. Muzzle Velocity, Time of Flight, and Range 2. Launching at Different Angles on a Plane 3. Predicting the Range of a Ball Launched at an Angle from a Height 4. Challenge Activity – Maximum Height of a Projectile on a Wall

02) Projectile Motion

Use photogates to measure time of flight and the initial launch velocity of the ball and predict the range fired at an angle off the table onto the floor. Also, find the maximum range as a function of angle.

03) Projectile Range vs. Launch Angle

Students use a Mini Launcher to measure the range of a projectile on a horizontal surface for various angles. The average range is calculated for each angle, and average range vs. angle is graphed. A user-defined curve fit is used to predict the maximum range and the angle at which it should occurs. These values are then tested with a final launch.

07) Projectile against Wall

A ball is fired towards a wall at a fixed distance away. At what angle should the ball be launched so that it hits the wall at the highest location?

08) Horizontal Speed of a Projectile

The purpose of this lab is to determine whether the horizontal velocity of a projectile is constant throughout its flight.

09) Horizontal Distance of a Projectile

The purpose of this experiment is to use the initial speed and the time of flight to predict the horizontal distance traveled by a ball shot from a table at an angle.

10) Time of Flight Versus Initial Speed

The purpose of this experiment is to determine whether time of flight of a ball launched horizontally off a table remains constant as the initial launch speed is changed.