School of Physics Lecture Demonstration Manual

Ma-1 Trajectory Model

Published: Tuesday 14 February 2006 - Updated: Thursday 17 March 2011

Aim

To demonstrate a model that shows the various parabolic trajectories corresponding to different initial conditions.

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Description

A rod has pendulums attached at equal intervals. The length of each pendulum is proportional to the square of its distance from the pivot point. Different angles of inclination of the rod demonstrates various parabolic trajectories corresponding to different initial conditions.

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