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ERIC Number: EJ1174675
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-May
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0031-9120
Throwing Accuracy
Cross, Rod
Physics Education, v53 n3 Article 035021 May 2018
A simple throwing task is described to illustrate various aspects of projectile motion. The task was to throw a tennis ball in a waste paper bin about 2 m away. Success depends on skill, but it also depends on the physics of the problem. If the ball is thrown underarm, then success depends primarily on the throw speed, which must be controlled to within about 2%. The launch angle can be chosen within a wide range. If the ball is thrown overarm, then the launch angle is just as important as the throw speed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
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