The purpose of this demonstration is to visually show students the concepts of kinematics, specifically 2-D projectile motion, gravity, velocity, air resistance, and Newton’s Second Law. Using a simple demonstration with a launcher and projectiles, students will predict, observe and analyze results based on these concepts.

This class will use visual learning with videos and a physical demonstration, kinesthetic learning with hands on activities for students, and auditory learning with discussion and explanation. Students will be presented with information about 2D projectile motion via powerpoint, then will collaborate in groups to analyze and perform an experiment on 2D projectile motion. Students will be using technology to film and graph trajectories, and will calculate various values using trigonometry and kinematic formulas. This class is aimed towards Physics students in grade 11 and 12.

The design is influenced by the mechanics of a cannon and a catapult.

All of the materials were purchased at Home Depot for a total of $40. Materials Needed: