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Richland High School Students Launch Pumpkins for Physics Class

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RHS Students go outside for pumpkin launching physics lesson RHS Students go outside for pumpkin launching physics lesson

RICHLAND, WA -  Learning physics, while still having fun. That's what it was all about in Mr. Bittinger's class at Richland High School today.  The students got to go outside and launch pumpkins from a sort of slingshot.  They're learning about projectile motion, so they measured  the angle of launch, the time the pumpkins were in the air, and the horizontal distance the pumpkins traveled.  

  "They could just sit down in the classroom and do all the problems, but this is a nice way to do it," said Bittinger.  "Lab work is always a great way to do it, and it gives them ideas of real world applications, so I like that."
  
  Mr. Bittinger's physics class has been doing the pumpkin launching project for four years now.

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