Parabolic Path of Action

  • Due Sep 15, 2016 at 8:59am
  • Points 2
  • Questions 2
  • Available until Sep 15, 2016 at 8:59am
  • Time Limit None
  • Allowed Attempts Unlimited


Watch the following video tutorial on parabolic paths of action, which are typical for objects flying through the air. When you've finished watching the video, take the quiz.

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• When gravity is the only significant force the path of action is a parabolic arc.
• For a parabolic path of action the horizontal spacings are constant and uniform.
• The vertical spacings are the same as for simple falling motion (i.e., The Odd Rule, Fourth Down at Half-time).
• Two common errors are: Making the arc too straight; Not having the apex centered.
• Path of action can have the right shape but the timing and spacing can still be wrong.
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Optional: Watch the Mythbuster's version of the "Fall and FIre" demonstration:

 Optional: Watch this advanced version of the "Fall and Fire" demonstration:


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