1D60.70 - Parabolic Trajectory - Bomb Run

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Parabolic Trajectory - Bomb Run
Parabolic Trajectory
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Pasco Dynamics Cart System with Ballistic Cart Accessory and Drop Rod, and Spring Launcher.

Attach the drop rod to the ballistic cart and turn it so that the ball will fall into the cart when triggered. Note that you must use the special pink balls for this as they are made to be magnetically suspended from the rod until triggered. When triggered the ball will appear to drop straight down into the cart when observed by a small wireless camera placed into the cart catch bin. However, the view by the audience is that the ball falls in a parabolic path before landing into the moving cart.

Turn the rod so that the ball will fall outside the cart when triggered. Also place the track so that it is at the very edge of the table and will allow the ball to fall all the way to the floor. Do some math and determine where a cup needs to be place on the floor so that it can catch the ball when the "bomb run" takes place. One of the spring launchers designed for the track can also be used to insure that cart velocity is the same for each run.

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