Teaching Physics with the Physics Suite

Edward F. Redish

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Shoot and drop

In class we did a demonstration in which two objects of different masses were dropped, one straight down, and the other shot off to the side by a spring. Both objects seemed to hit the ground at about the same time. Explain why this happens in terms of the physics we have learned. Does it matter how fast we shoot the one launched sideways?

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