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Parametric Equations and Projectile Motion

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This four-part 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, real-world 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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Last modified on August 15, 2001.