Catapult Sam Mathieu, Eli Kimbrell, Jarod Fahrenbruch

Research:

Catapult #1
Catapult #2

Inspiration

We choose to do a catapult that is similar to the designs above because it is simple to make and easy to design. It does not use much PVC piping and it can fit easily into the 2X2X1.5 box.

Design Sketches/Plans

The sketch for our catapult

Materials List

Two 1 ½ foot pieces of pvc pipe, Six 1 foot pieces of pvc pipe, One 1 ¼ Feet of pvc pipe, Five T connectors, Seven Corners, Bungee Strap, 8 ¾ Feet of pvc pipe

What We Need To Buy: Four T connectors

Design Log

Reflection: The first time we launched our catapult, we noticed that if we pulled the lever all the way back, then the ball will go straight up and hit the ceiling. We had to make a few changes so that the ball would not hit the ceiling and we decided to not pull the lever all the way back but to pull it with one inch from it touching the ground and this caused the ball to sail through the air rather than hit the ceiling.

Data Tables

Math Integration Documentation

Final Reflection Questions:

Our projectile hits the ground at 17 feet.

The maximum height of the ball is 8 feet and it occurred around 8.5 feet.

The height it is at when is traveled 6 feet is around 6 feet high.

By pulling the lever on our catapult back all the way would make the max height higher and that will change the vertex and height.

Vertex Form Trajectory Equation
Created By
Student Samuel Mathieu
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