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Projectile Challenge


The goal of this activity is for students to apply physics principles in order to effect a collision between a projectile and a target. This type of activity is sometimes called a Practicum and is generally scored on success (hitting the target) or failure (a miss). Before starting, decide if student groups will have more than one chance to test their calculated results.

The general procedure is for students to receive the challenge, make necessary measurements and calculations without actually completing a trial, and then to test their calculated results with the instructor's supervision. Some teachers also record video of the testing.

Learning Outcomes

Apply physics principles to correctly predict a projectile's landing point.

Sensors and Equipment

This experiment features the following Vernier sensors and equipment.

Option 1

Option 2

Option 3

Additional Requirements

You may also need an interface and software for data collection. What do I need for data collection?

Next Generation Science Standards

Disciplinary Core Ideas

  • PS2.A Forces and Motion
  • PS2.B Types of Interactions

Crosscutting Concepts

  • Cause and Effect
  • Systems and System Models

Science and Engineering Practices

  • Planning and carrying out investigations
  • Analyzing and interpreting data
  • Using mathematics and computational thinking
  • Constructing explanations and designing solutions

Experiment 5 from Physics Explorations and Projects Lab Book

<i>Physics Explorations and Projects</i> book cover

Included in the Lab Book

Vernier lab books include word-processing files of the student instructions, essential teacher information, suggested answers, sample data and graphs, and more.

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