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# Which of the following is an example of projectile motion?

A. An aluminum can dropped straight down into the recycling bin
B. A thrown baseball
C. A spaece shuttle being launched
D. A jet lifting off a runway

This question is part of Physics Multiple Choice
Asked by Misstrey, Last updated: Sep 24, 2020

#### T. Perez

T. Perez

Answered Sep 17, 2019

The correct answer to this question is B, A thrown baseball. Projectile motion is a type of motion. It occurs when an object is thrown at the surface of the Earth. With a projectile motion movement, the object will curve as it is going towards its destination.

We see baseballs thrown throughout the year at baseball games. When they are thrown, gravity has an effect on them. One way is because it curves when thrown. Another way is because it doesn't instantly hit the ground. This is due to the weight of the ball. When it is light, it takes time for gravity to pull it down.

#### Robert Hazlewood

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Robert Hazlewood, Senior Executive, MBA, Louisville

Answered May 30, 2019

The example of projectile motion is letter B. This is a type of action that is normally experienced by an object that is being thrown on the surface of the earth. Usually, the movement of the item will be curved as it goes towards a specific direction. Baseball is a prime example of this because when you throw it, it will be affected by gravity. Some items may be thrown but will not immediately hit the ground.

Why is this so? The most common reason is because of the item’s weight. When the item is very light, it will take time before gravity pulls it to the ground. Airflow and strength will also affect how fast or how curved the movement of the ball is going to be.

#### R. Barnes

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R. Barnes, Analyst, PhD, Clinton

Answered Apr 19, 2019

In order to choose from the given choices which one provides projectile motion, it is important to know what projectile motion is. This is a type of motion that is experienced by something, usually an object, that is thrown towards the earth’s surface then the object moves with the aid of gravity.

For example, when you throw something in the air and the movement that it does as it goes down is because of gravity. Based on this description, the answer to this question is B. A baseball may be thrown and there are different factors that will affect where it will actually go down. The rate of how it is thrown, the wind, and so much more will have an effect on it.

#### misstrey

Misstrey

Answered Aug 03, 2018

A thrown baseball