Speed Projectile Lab

  • 12 Units in Stock
  • Model: SO-107B
  • Shipping Weight: 6lbs

Faced with a 50 ft. gap in the highway, what would you do?

Inspired by the movie "Speed", bad Hollywood science is exposed in this fun projectile motion lab!

Alright; you're stuck on a city bus, you can't slow the bus below 50 mph or it will explode. Problem is, the highway ahead has a 50 ft. gap missing in the overpass. What would you do? What would you do? Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock decide to jump the gap. To students this might make perfect sense, but to a physics type, probably not too smart.

The Speed Projectile Lab was created by New York physics teacher Buzz Putnam, in association with Cornell University to provide students with a relevant exploration of projectile motion. All the components are there; consistent results, trial variables, and a predictable outcome. And all through the process students are having some serious fun!

The lab includes a 2 meter acceleration track with a launch ramp that is adjustable from 10, 20, and 30 degrees. The NASCAR friction motor car provides students with a reliable vehicle for their experiments. Just push down on the car, rock it back and forth until the motor clicks and let it go! The track ramp has a convenient photogate mounting arm for using your timer and photogate system to collect accurate data. Also includes complete teacher notes and student worksheets.