This is the next in a series of projectile motion tutorials for creating 2D trajectory models using numerical analysis of projectile dynamics (including aerodynamic drag). The trajectory formulas were derived in the previous tutorial. This post describes the Excel implementation (spreadsheet formulas, VBA code, buttons and charts). [sociallocker][/sociallocker] Projectile Motion Tutorial #5 – a 2D projectile motion model using numerical analysis of projectile dynamics (including aerodynamic drag)Continue Reading

This tutorial derives the formulas of a projectile model taking into account the aerodynamic drag. A finite differences numerical method is used. Though fairly easy to apply and understand, this type of methods can solve much more complex problems than the high-school type approach shown in the previous tutorials. An Excel model will be implemented in the next section. Projectile MotionContinue Reading

Now that we have a simple animated projectile motion (previous tutorial) let’s try to add on the chart the three instantaneous speed vectors associated with the projectile. These speed vectors are: the horizontal speed, vertical speed and the total speed vector. The model works in all Excel versions but in 2007 it’s rather slow. [sociallocker][/sociallocker] Projectile Motion Tutorial #3 –Continue Reading

Hi Folks, As a kid was fascinated with high power rifles, sniper rifles, cannons and in general, fast projectiles.  I’ve been brainwashed with all sorts of urban legends about how far an AK 47 or a pistol can shoot or how thick a steel metal plate a bullet can penetrate at various distances. I’ve also watched some documentary about snipersContinue Reading

This is a basic pendulum model in Excel. Enjoy! [sociallocker][/sociallocker] This is an animated Excel model of a pendulum that you can download here. For fast modeling speed, please use older versions of excel (1997-2003). In the following section, background information about pendulums in general will be presented: Pendulum meaning, a simple pendulum definition, what is a pendulum? A pendulumContinue Reading