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Homework Help: Introduction essay to Parabolic Motion

  1. Jul 12, 2011 #1
    Hi, sorry in advance if this isn't the right section but I'm not too sure where else to post this

    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    The essay requires me to type up an introduction that has a word count of roughly 700-1000 words. I have chosen to do an experiment on parabolic trajectory and thus have to talk about this.

    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution
    At the moment, I have a word count of almost 400 but only 2 paragraphs long. I have stated my aim and hypothesis within the first paragraph
    whilst the second paragraph talks about the forces involved within the parabolic motion, I have said that there are 2 parts, a horizontal force with no gravity and a vertical force which is gravity, in addition to that, i stated the law of inertia and how it relates to this.

    The problem right now for me is to figure out what to say to fill up the quota, I'm not too sure on what else that can be related to this topic.
    help is very appreciated, thank you
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  3. Jul 13, 2011 #2
    I would think this belongs in the "Introductory Physics" forum. I don't know what level of physics you're in, but I'm assuming it's a principles-type course (based on req'd number of words, subject matter, etc.).

    I would start by giving a bit of the history of gravity (like Galileo's and Newton's experiments), talk about vectors and why you can split forces into horizontal and vertical components, what the correlation between gravity and parabolas is, and talk even about different experimental setups that allow you to test your hypothesis. Hope this helps. You should be able to ramble on about these topics for way more than 1000 words.
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