Consider the mechanics of pole vaulting
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Gravity on the Moon is about 1/6th that on the Earth. A pole-vaulter 2 metres tall can clear a 5 metres pole on the Earth. How high a pole could he clear on the Moon?
How fast would you have to throw a ball upwards so that it would never land?
A ball whooshes down a slide and hits another ball which flies off the slide horizontally as a projectile. How far does it go?
Explore the energy of this incredibly energetic particle which struck Earth on October 15th 1991
Show that even a very powerful spaceship would eventually run out of overtaking power
Investigate why the Lennard-Jones potential gives a good approximate explanation for the behaviour of atoms at close ranges
Derive an equation which describes satellite dynamics.