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Motion of a Projectile Thrown from an Elevated Platform

contributed by Michael Thackston

Department of Physics

Southern Polytechnic University, Marietta, GA

Choose initial speed in m/s.

Choose initial height in meters.

Choose initial angle in


Initial Values Entered:

determines the subsequent heights.

Range can be obtained by solving this equation for x with h(x) = 0.

The maximum height attained is most simply obtained by using the kinematic formula:

And we might want to graph the overall trajectory: