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Parametric Equations
and Projectile Motion


 
This fourpart activity uses parametric equations to simulate horizontal
motion, vertical motion, and more general projectile motion. These simulations
include conditions of no gravity and gravity, and no drag and drag. Mathematics Topics: Mathematics topics addressed include linear,
quadratic, and exponential equations and graphs, parametric equations,
realworld simulation, and
derivatives. Mathematical Thinking:
Students will generate algebraic
and parametric equations, and interpret
and compare various graphs. Technology:
Graphing calculator features include Cartesian
and parametric graphs, and tracing
and generating tables, and calculating
numerical derivatives. Sample Screen Shots: Figure 1. Vertical
Projectile Motion
Figure 2. Projectile Motion. 

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