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Ballistic trajectory simulation


Ballistic trajectory simulation

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This is a Java-enhanced tutorial that illustrates the principles of ballistic trajectories via a simulation.
Material Type: Simulation
Date Added to MERLOT: March 15, 1998
Date Modified in MERLOT: January 08, 2004
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Submitter: Bethany Gross


  • Reviewed by members of Editorial board for inclusion in MERLOT.
    Editor Review
    Very good quality; in queue to be peer reviewed
    avg: 5 rating
  • User review 2 average rating
  • User Rating: 2 user rating
  • Discussion (2 Comments)
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Primary Audience: Middle School, High School, College General Ed
Mobile Compatibility: Not specified at this time
Language: English
Cost Involved: no
Source Code Available: no
Accessiblity Information Available: no
Creative Commons: unsure


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Avatar for John Walkup
14 years ago

John Walkup (Staff)

There are many similar applets, and this one is no better or worse than most.

Avatar for John Walkup
15 years ago

John Walkup (Staff)

Applet is supposed to model projectile motion given certain initial conditions. Unfortunately, it simply does not work. For example, the projectile returns to Earth even though I entered 0 for g. Increasing the velocity at times decreased the range, and so on. Something is seriously wrong with the numerical algorithm.

Technical Remarks:

I could not get rid of the popup window, and once the system is halted there is no way to resume the motion --- a new projectile must be fired. That is a serious limitation for an educator.