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This single animation uses a cartoon character to solve a "cannonball" problem (projectile motion) using basic Physics and Mathematics. The problem: A cannon is fired at a ship 1000 meters away. The cannon is raised to an elevation of 30 degrees, and the velocity of the cannonball as it leaves the barrel is known to be 300 m/s. Does the cannonball hit the ship, and if not, by how much does it fall short or long?


  • Mathematics > General
  • Science > General

Education Levels:

  • Grade 9
  • Grade 10
  • Grade 11
  • Grade 12
  • Higher Education
  • Graduate
  • Undergraduate-Upper Division
  • Undergraduate-Lower Division




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Public - Available to anyone

License Deed:

Creative Commons Attribution 3.0


Update Standards?

SCI.9-12.4.C: Science

analyze and describe accelerated motion in two dimensions using equations, including projectile and circular examples;
Curriki Rating
On a scale of 0 to 3
On a scale of 0 to 3

This resource was reviewed using the Curriki Review rubric and received an overall Curriki Review System rating of 3, as of 2009-01-31.

Component Ratings:

Technical Completeness: 3
Content Accuracy: 3
Appropriate Pedagogy: 0

Reviewer Comments:

This video uses an animated character to talk the viewer through the steps of solving a projectile motion problem. The animation is a sample on the Media Semantics web site, which helps consumers build web sites and multimedia materials with animated characters. Even though this is not from an education site, the video is engaging to watch, and the solution is well organized and clear. The complexity of the math used makes it appropriate for the intended education level of high school and beyond. Since this is the only video of its kind on the site, it may be of short-term value in a classroom.

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