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written by Steve Reeves
This is a context-rich activity developed specifically to accompany the PhET simulation Projectile Motion. Students view NASA's "Feather Drop" video as a context for exploring the effects of air resistance (or lack of it). Afterward, they use the simulation to explore projectile motion with and without air resistance. The lesson plan provides explicit instructions for using the simulation and suggestions for data recording. The purpose of the lesson is for students to think deeply about how gravity and air resistance affect the motion of a projectile.

See Related Materials for a link to the Projectile Motion simulation, which must be running to complete this activity.
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Classical Mechanics
- Applications of Newton's Laws
- Motion in Two Dimensions
= Projectile Motion
- Newton's Second Law
= Force, Acceleration
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- Active Learning
= Problem Solving
- Instructional Material Design
= Simulation
- High School
- Middle School
- Instructional Material
= Activity
= Problem/Problem Set
= Student Guide
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2d motion, acceleration, air resistance, ballistic motion, drag, drag coefficient, gravity, interactive multimedia, kinematics, projectile motion
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Metadata instance created September 14, 2012 by Caroline Hall
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January 5, 2009
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### AAAS Benchmark Alignments (2008 Version)

#### 4. The Physical Setting

4F. Motion
• 6-8: 4F/M3a. An unbalanced force acting on an object changes its speed or direction of motion, or both.

#### 11. Common Themes

11B. Models
• 6-8: 11B/M1. Models are often used to think about processes that happen too slowly, too quickly, or on too small a scale to observe directly. They are also used for processes that are too vast, too complex, or too dangerous to study.
• 6-8: 11B/M4. Simulations are often useful in modeling events and processes.
• 9-12: 11B/H1a. A mathematical model uses rules and relationships to describe and predict objects and events in the real world.
• 9-12: 11B/H3. The usefulness of a model can be tested by comparing its predictions to actual observations in the real world. But a close match does not necessarily mean that other models would not work equally well or better.

### Common Core State Standards for Mathematics Alignments

#### Standards for Mathematical Practice (K-12)

MP.1 Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.

### Common Core State Writing Standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects 6—12

Text Types and Purposes (6-12)
• 1. Write arguments focused on discipline-specific content. (WHST.6-8.1)
Production and Distribution of Writing (6-12)
• WHST.6-8.4 Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
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S. Reeves, (PhET, Boulder, 2005), WWW Document, (https://phet.colorado.edu/en/contributions/view/2836).
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S. Reeves, PhET Teacher Activities: Projectile Motion-Gravity & Air Resistance, (PhET, Boulder, 2005), <https://phet.colorado.edu/en/contributions/view/2836>.
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Reeves, S. (2009, January 5). PhET Teacher Activities: Projectile Motion-Gravity & Air Resistance. Retrieved August 10, 2020, from PhET: https://phet.colorado.edu/en/contributions/view/2836
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Reeves, Steve. PhET Teacher Activities: Projectile Motion-Gravity & Air Resistance. Boulder: PhET, January 5, 2009. https://phet.colorado.edu/en/contributions/view/2836 (accessed 10 August 2020).
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Reeves, Steve. PhET Teacher Activities: Projectile Motion-Gravity & Air Resistance. Boulder: PhET, 2005. 5 Jan. 2009. 10 Aug. 2020 <https://phet.colorado.edu/en/contributions/view/2836>.
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### PhET Teacher Activities: Projectile Motion-Gravity & Air Resistance:

Accompanies PhET Simulation: Projectile Motion

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