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Projectile motion using Mathematica

Author Affiliations

  • 1Central Campus of Science and Technology, Mid-Western University, Surkhet, Nepal

Res. J. Physical Sci., Volume 7, Issue (3), Pages 7-11, September,4 (2019)


When anybody is thrown into space at some velocity by making an angle with horizontal, then it moves under the influence of gravity alone is known as a projectile. When air is present, it moves under the combined effect of both air and gravity. In the absence of air, the body traces completely a parabolic path. In this case, the projectile is moving with constant horizontal velocity while vertical velocity is changing due to the gravity. With air, the trace of the projectile is not parabolic. The vertical, as well as horizontal velocities, are affected by the air. This article shows the path of the projectile in both cases by using the Mathematica tool. Mathematica is a modern technical computing tool used for various computing as well as the simulation process. The traces are obtained at various initial velocities by keeping some other parameters constant. Results show that the projectile describes more range without air than with air as expected theoretically.


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