Past Papers Questions

A projectile is any object that is cast, fired, flung, heaved, hurled, pitched, tossed, or thrown. (This is an informal definition.) The path of a projectile is called its trajectory. Some examples of projectiles include …

  • a baseball that has been pitched, batted, or thrown
  • a bullet the instant it exits the barrel of a gun or rifle
  • a bus driven off an uncompleted bridge
  • a moving airplane in the air with its engines and wings disabled
  • a runner in mid stride (since they momentarily lose contact with the ground)
  • the space shuttle or any other spacecraft after main engine cut off (MECO)

What force controls the flight ?

What force is in play the whole way through the flight ?

What direction does this force act ?

H/W Draw a diagram of the flight path of an object, at 4 various angles !

Build your own catapult


Time of Flight = t @ Sy = 0

Range = Sx @ ToF

not really projectiles, similiar & interesting