In A Level Mathematics, there are many questions concerning projectiles flying through the air, with students calculating anything and everything they can about them: including the range, time of flight and highest point the projectile reaches. Last Wednesday 16th June, we had the opportunity to put all of our knowledge to the test by firing a rounders ball with a three-man catapult. After some initial launches and collecting data about the projectile, we managed to calculate where someone would have to stand with a box for the ball to land in it. Obviously, there were many uncertainties that were unaccounted for such as air resistance and slightly different angles of projection, but after a few goes we managed to fire the ball so it landed in the box! It was a thoroughly enjoyable session and wonderful to see that mathematics works outside the classroom too.

Belinda UVI Form (Year 13)