Developed by Steve Robinson  Published February 13, 2020
Subject Areas  Mechanics and Fluids 

Levels  First Year and Beyond the First Year 
Available Implementation  Glowscript 
Learning Objectives 
Students who complete this Exercise Set will be able to:
* simulate projectile motion with and in the absence of an atmosphere (**Exercises 1** and **2**).
* use computation to solve a problem with with no closedform solution: namely, the optimal launch angle for a projectile to meet a moving target in the air (**Exercise 3**).
* discover and visualize the effects of drag on an object (**Exercises 1**, **2**, **4**, and **5**).

Time to Complete  120 min 
These exercises are not tied to a specific programming language. Example implementations are provided under the Code tab, but the Exercises can be implemented in whatever platform you wish to use (e.g., Excel, Python, MATLAB, etc.).
Download Options
Share a Variation
Credits and Licensing
Steve Robinson, "What a Drag: A Projectile Motion Game with Air Resistance," Published in the PICUP Collection, February 2020, https://doi.org/10.1119/PICUP.Exercise.PMDrag.
DOI: 10.1119/PICUP.Exercise.PMDrag
The instructor materials are ©2020 Steve Robinson.
The exercises are released under a Creative Commons AttributionNonCommercialShareAlike 4.0 license