Mrs. Amanda Peper’s Advanced Pre-Calculus classes recently learned about parametric equations and projectile motion in two dimensions. The students took their skills to the gym where they made all of the necessary calculations to calculate the initial velocity and angle of a projectile leaving an air-cannon in order to hit a target. Some groups even made the calculations so a ball could travel through a hula-hoop on its way into a trashcan!
Students then took a brief trip to the soccer field to watch Daniel Schell, a National Archery Champion and World Archery competitor, shoot a flu-flu arrow. The flu-flu arrow is designed to travel short distances and is brightly colored, so we could make observations about its path and relate it back to what they saw in the gym and in class.