Math Behind Catapults

In this project, we build our catapults so we can see the math behind it. All the catapults will have a parabola, after building the catapults we filmed the launch and use the video to graph our catapult. We graphed the height vs time and the height vs distance, we wrote made three different equations to graph the parabola, a standard, a factored and a vertex.

During the project, I learned how we can apply parabola into real-life situations. So we now know how parabola is used in real life. The challenging thing of our aspect is that we can’t make our catapult be consistent of launching. So next time we want to make our design a little bit simpler so it can be more consistent. Now I can know better how to graph the function in three different ways.

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