Projectile motion laboratory
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Imagine starting at the origin, you can reach a destination position by first moving along the x axis and then along the y axis. Gravity is the lone force acting on the projectile when in motion. Step 6: Measure your x distance away from the very edge of the table, across the floor you will need to line this up really carefully. To measure the experimental horizontal range from the edge of the time-of-flight accessory to the closest and farthest points of impact, use the 30-cm ruler. We used carbon paper on top of white paper to determine where the ball lands on the floor.

The positions are measured relative to the sensor with down as positive direction. In the x-direction, we have a constant velocity and so just we just have that one constant velocity equation. In this experiment the instrument is a video camera. Make sure the video frame stays fixed in the browser window between the two clicks. The tangential axis is perpendicular to the radial axis and points in the direction of increasing Î¸.

Also, we verified the angle at which the projection of the ball would produce a maximum range. If not, remove the nut from the top of the bracket shown below and attach the bracket to the nut that is embedded in the launcher. If you fail a third time, it's game over. Remember to use the same setting â€” click sounds â€” as in Part I. To use the y equation above, the measurements need to be relative to the launcher with up as the positive direction. Leave at least 30 centimeters ideally longer between the end of the ramp and the edge of the table.

Introduction In this lab the main focus was projectile motion. The measurements are as follows: Angle of Projection Range of motion m 30 2. Air drag can also be calculated from the weight, shape and area of projectile when looking from the front. A projectile is an object flying through the air that is only under the force of gravity neglecting air resistance. In this experiment we learned how to determine the initial velocity of a ball that is launched horizontally out of a projectile launcher, how to verify the angle of projection that will range, and to predict and verify the range that a ball will travel when launched at a set angle. Compare your results with and without air resistance.

By definition, a projectile has only one force acting upon - the force of gravity. In a two-dimensional space, an object's position is given by a pair of numbers coordinates. Introduction A toy company is now making an instructional videotape on how to predict the position. The angle we chose for this part of the experiment was 55 degrees. From this, you can calculate the vertical distance that it fell and compare your calculated value and the measured value. Produce a spreadsheet with 5 columns. In doing so, we determined the initial velocity of the ball shot horizontally from the spring loaded projectile launcher.

But now it's time to use these equations in a real-life scenario. The faster the marble goes, the less it will drift, but also the harder it is to measure the time. Now, you can prepare the computer interface for data collection. Explain why this subtraction method places the origin at the launcher. Tape a piece of scrap paper at this location, and put a piece of carbon paper face down over it to mark the landing spot of the projectile. You can measure the horizontal range of the projectile and compare this to the calculated distance.

Analysis According to the graph and results in the table, we see that the height of the projectile is consistently 10. At the maximum height, the y component of the velocity is zero for a split second. Produce graphs of the x and y components of position versus time. Be sure the height of the lab jack is changed for every new set of runs by at least 5 cm. After doing so, we found that an angle of 45 produces that greatest range. To make the necessary reference and orientation adjustments, insert a column between the time and position column. Paste your table into your log.

. The projectile will leave a mark on the paper where it hits. On the other hand the vertical component affects the velocity by moving the projectile vertically. Imagine starting at the origin and moving directly toward the point -- this is the radial direction. And the cannonball is, in this case, the projectile.

The components of velocity are found by taking the initial velocity multiplied by sin for the y component, and cos for the x component. A projectile is any object, which once projected, continues its motion by its own inertia and is influenced only by the downward force of gravity. The vector nature of forces can be used to determine how far an object launched can go and its initial velocity at an angle of 0 by finding its x and y components separately. Hypothesis Experiment 1: When the height is raised, the marble will have more time to continue traveling at its initial velocity while the gravitational force is acting upon it, increasing the distance the marble travels while falling. The activities were designed with the intent of being used by classroom teachers with their classes. Unfortunately, there is no printer in the lab room or in the Physics Help Room, but the plotting tool allows you to send your graph to your email account to print out or copy directly into your report later.

There should be a total of twenty measurements â€” 5 heights times 4 readings per height â€” thus far. Do you think that it is the fault of the kinematics or due to some problem with your experimental procedure? We kept the launcher at a medium setting and shot the ball straight out 5 times and. Despite human error and calculation error, the results still correlated with the hypothesis. What is the physical meaning of the slope of this graph? Once we found the initial velocity, we could use it to find the range and how long the ball was in the air. Okay, so if you've already figured that out and successfully completed the lab, here's the solution. So, here you're figuring out how fast it's moving across the table. In the inserted column subtract each position measurement from the flat position measurement.