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Trajectory of an Object in the Air

Move the sliders to change the quadratic.

A quadratic equation can represent the trajectory of an object thrown in the air. A trajectory is the path of an object while it is in the air, ending when it hits the ground or intended target. Point A gives the starting height of the object the millisecond it is released. The value of point A is the starting height. Point B is the vertex of the quadratic. Point B gives the maximum height of the object in the air. The value of point B is the maximum height. Point C is one of the roots of the quadratic. Point C gives the maximum horizontal distance of the object. The value of point C is the total distance the object was thrown. When point C is on the -axis, it is considered ground level. Move sliders a, b or c. Slider a is the coefficient in the term . Slider b is the coefficient in the term . Slider c is the constant term (also the coefficient in the term ).