School of Physics Lecture Demonstration Manual

Mj-1 Projectile Glider

Published: Thursday 09 March 2006 - Updated: Thursday 24 March 2011

Aim

To demonstrate the independence of horizontal and vertical motion.

Apparatus

Diagrams

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Projectile Glider Diagram

Description

The projectile glider consists of a spring loaded vertical cannon enclosed with a funnel. A mechanical timer acts as the firing mechanism. The cannon is loaded and primed and given a small initial velocity. The projectile is caught by the funnel. Also see demonstration Ma-4 Projectile Cart for a video.

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