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ERIC Number: EJ1177783
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Jul
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0031-9120
Projectile Motion without Calculus
Rizcallah, Joseph A.
Physics Education, v53 n4 Article 045002 Jul 2018
Projectile motion is a constant theme in introductory-physics courses. It is often used to illustrate the application of differential and integral calculus. While most of the problems used for this purpose, such as maximizing the range, are kept at a fairly elementary level, some, such as determining the safe domain, involve not so elementary techniques, which can hardly be assumed of the targeted audience. In the literature, several attempts have been undertaken to avoid calculus altogether and keep the exposition entirely within the realm of algebra and/or geometry. In this paper, we propose yet another non-calculus approach which uses the projectile's travel times to shed new light on these problems and provide instructors with an alternate method to address them with their students.
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Language: English
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