UCLA Olga Radko Endowed Math Circle

10/24/2010 -- Group A: Throwing Balls and Launching Straw Rockets (June Wang and Sandra Daley, Raytheon)

Suppose you are throwing a volleyball to your partner during the game. What is the way to throw it so that it flies as far as possible? What is the ball's trajectory? In the first part of the meeting, we will solve several problems on this topic. After the break, June Wang and Sandra Daley from Raytheon will lead the activity on Straw Rockets, where you will build simple models of rockets, launch them and study their properties depending on design. Please bring scissors to the meeting!