Physics and Astronomy

Target Practice
Objective Design and construct a trajectory device that propels a golf ball towards a target.
Purpose To investigate the physics of trajectories.
Participants Teams of up to four.
Materials Four targets that will contain buckets with diameters of 10 cm, 15 cm, 20 cm and 25 cm. There is no restriction on material or type of the launcher which can be decided ahead of time. (e.g. ballistic, catapult, pendulum, etc...).
  1. The targets will be arranged at distance between 2 and 4 metres declared at the beginning of the competition.
  2. The device will be placed at the same level as the top of the targets.
  3. The smallest target will score the highest marks.
  4. The target aimed for must be carefully stated before each shot.
  5. There will be 5 shots per round. Only 1 target can be used twice.
  6. There will be 2 or 3 rounds depending on number of entries.
  1. The best total score wins first prize.
  2. The highest score in one round will win an individual prize.
Source Youth Science Foundation Science Olympics Manual.

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