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Projectile Launcher VPL

Art. nr: 28-000033

10 725 kr


Use the Vernier Projectile Launcher to investigate important concepts in two-dimensional kinematics.Launch steel balls at angles between 0 and 70 degrees and over distances up to 2.5 m.

The solid, heavy base provides an easy-to-use and reliable setup. A unique pneumatic launching system provides excellent repeatability and allows you to set the launch speed.

Built-in photogates and angle markings provide easy and accurate measurement of the balls launch velocity, allowing for precise quantitative analysis of projectile motion. Simply plug the device into a compatible data-collection interface.


Launch angle: 0 to 70 degrees
Launch speed: 0-6 m/s
Launch height: 146 mm
Maximum launch distance: 2.5 m
Internal photogate interval: 50 mm
Steel ball diameter: 17.46 mm
Steel ball mass: 21.8 g

Sample experiments include:

Investigate the independence of the horizontal and vertical motion
Use the photogates to measure launch velocity
Knowing the launch velocity, predict the landing point when a ball is launched horizontally from a table top
Knowing the launch velocity and launch angle, predict the landing point when a ball is launched at an angle on a lab table
Knowing the launch velocity and launch angle, launch a ball through a horizontal or vertical hoop
Investigate projectile range as a function of launch angle
Determine which launch angles give the same range
Determine which launch angle gives the maximum range
Investigate the repeatability of the launcher
Use the launcher, a video camera and the video features of Logger Pro to observe the launch path
Given a specific launch distance, calculate the launch velocity needed to hit the target. Use the photogates to set the device to that launch velocity and test your prediction.

Whats Included

6 Steel balls
Hand pump
2 pair of goggles
Roll of wax marking paper
Photogate cable
User manual