In Games and warm-ups, Measurement and Geometry
Learning Objective:

We understand that the motion of projectiles is dependant on the angle from which it is fired and the force

Intended Outcome:

To provide a practical introduction to the motion of projectiles with a focus on angles. It is designed as a lead in to parabolic and quadratic functions

Game Objective:

To make a projectile launcher and use it to investigate trajectories

  • Launching Cannon (Instructions to make it are on the next page)
  • Protractor
  • Ping pong ball
  • Markers
  • Tape measure
  • Ice cream tub
  • Students get into groups of 3 or 4
  • Using the Launching Cannon students will fire the ping pong ball at different angles
  • Students will record the distances of 3 angle shots and then work out the average distance for each angle
  • Once they have done this they can work out which angle travels the greatest distance
  • After this is completed students can then have a go at hitting a target by trying to get the ball to land in an ice tub

More detailed instructions and background information about this game are available in the PDF.

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