Hot Wheels Projectile Motion

A projectile motion lab is that requires a qualitative and quantitative understanding of the horizontal and vertical displacements as a function of launch angle. The lab apparatus consists of a launcher that includes three angle settings and a photogate placed to measure the initial launch velocity of the projectile. In Part I, the lab team will qualitatively experiment with a projectile motion simulation, working through the launch angle vs. height and horizontal range. In Part II, they calculate their car’s initial velocity from the photogate time and car length. After calculating the horizontal and vertical distances for the different launch angles, the lab team will attempt to hit a landing pad and have their car fly through a Ring positioned where the car reaches its maximum height.

Kit Includes:

Student resources:

Hot Wheels Projectile Motion Student Sheet

Teacher resources:

Hot Wheels Projectile Motion Teacher Sheet