Tangential and Centripetal Acceleration of a Trebuchet
- Paul Beeken
This is a starter sheet for those struggling to build the parametric model of the Trebuchet launch on their own. This defines the parametric equations which you can substitute with the polynomials you determined from the video data. Walk the velocity and acceleration vectors around to determine the maximum centripetal acceleration and tangential acceleration. (N.B. the point where the max tangential acceleration may not be at the same point where the projectile is turning fastest.)
Remember to substitute your fitted equations for the x(t) and y(t) components of the trajectory.