Need help with a physics practical to do with slingshots?

In summary, the person is looking for ideas for their physics project on slingshots. Their current idea is to change the density of the rubber band and measure the potential energy and speed of the stone. However, they are looking for other areas to investigate and have considered changing the angle of launch, initial speed, and volume of the ball. They also discuss using different rubbers with different elasticity and how the angle affects the distance and height traveled. The person plans to try these ideas on Monday.
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Need help with a physics practical to do with slingshots!?

Basically I am doing a project on slingshots, we are allowed to investigate any areas do do with physics, however I need some ideas, I was hoping I could change a couple of variables and measure things.

my idea was to change the density of the rubber band used in the sligshot and measure the potential energy, then work out the speed of the stone as it leaves the slingshot using KE=1/2 MV^2

But I feel that's not enough

Please can someone help me to find other PHYSICS area which I could investigate.
 
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try changing angle of launch, initial speed, density of air (not possible though), ... but yes you can change volume of ball keeping mass same for the last one
 
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to change the initial speed i would have to pull the rubber band more longer right, but the problems with that is that its no easy to do, the practical has to be up to Alevel standards :(
 
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its necessary to use sling shot?

Do one thing ... get different rubbers of different elasticity ... use an apparatus so that each time rubber is pulled to same distance ... that way initial velocity will change
 
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yh that's what I've been doing today lol, but my teacher said that that's to simple and predictable because it obvious that the more elastic the rubber band and more stretched the further the object will travel.
 
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so show him how angle affects distance and height

(Hint: height is max at 90 and distance traveled at 45 ... ... ...shhhhh)

also show him that any angle θ from vertical or horizontal has same distance traveled but different height (except for 45)
 
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ohh sounds great, will try that out on Monday, thanks for your help! :)
 

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1. What is the purpose of the slingshot in the physics practical?

The purpose of the slingshot in this physics practical is to study the concepts of projectile motion and the relationship between force, mass, and acceleration. By using a slingshot, we can launch small objects at different angles and measure their trajectory and distance traveled to better understand these concepts.

2. What materials are needed for this physics practical with slingshots?

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3. How can I ensure accurate and consistent results in this physics practical?

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