ERIC Number: EJ1173283
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Apr
Projectile Motion Hoop Challenge
Jordan, Connor; Dunn, Amy; Armstrong, Zachary; Adams, Wendy K.
Physics Teacher, v56 n4 p200-201 Apr 2018
Projectile motion is a common phenomenon that is used in introductory physics courses to help students understand motion in two dimensions. Authors have shared a range of ideas for teaching this concept and the associated kinematics in "The Physics Teacher" ("TPT"); however, the "Hoop Challenge" is a new setup not before described in "TPT." In this article an experiment is illustrated to explore projectile motion in a fun and challenging manner that has been used with both high school and university students. With a few simple materials, students have a vested interest in being able to calculate the height of the projectile at a given distance from its launch site. They also have an exciting visual demonstration of projectile motion when the lab is over.
Descriptors: Physics, Motion, Introductory Courses, Science Instruction, Scientific Concepts, Science Experiments, High School Students, College Students, Science Process Skills
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Authoring Institution: N/A