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CHS physics class goes medieval

Posted on Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at 6:34 am

The art of war and practice of science came together the afternoon of December 1 at Centralia High School.

That is when, after a month of work, 13 CHS physics students positioned six hand-made catapults across the north side of the high schools practice field and began launching tennis balls southward.

The intent of the exercise, said Tonya Schmidt, CHS physics teacher, is to study projectiles in motion and

Lauren Hoffman leans away as her catapult rocks forward from the released energy of the elastic cords she used to power her catapult.

Lauren Hoffman leans away as her catapult rocks forward from the released energy of the elastic cords she used to power her catapult.

the variables that influence that motion.

As her students walked back and fourth between the multicolored catapults, often tapping on tablets or video recording with smart phones, Schmidt said part of the exercise was being able to understand what data needed to be collected for post-launch analysis.

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