The Sandlot (1993)

Concept featured in clip: Projectile Motion
Location of clip: 4:57-7:13 (DVD)

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Summary of clip: Scotty Smalls has moved to a new town and is trying to make friends. He joins a pick-up baseball game at the local sandlot. The team leader, Benny, is hitting practice balls to the team. Scotty has never played baseball but tries to play in the outfield. He is surprised when he gets a high fly ball hit to him and cannot catch it.

Connection of flickclip to the concept: The high fly ball that Benny hits is an example of projectile motion. The distance the ball will travel depends on variables such as the initial speed of the ball and the angle at which the ball leaves the bat.
Suggestions to teachers:

1. Suggested questions for students:

What path does the baseball take when Benny hits a line drive vs. a pop up?

What other factors determine how far the ball will go?

Does it matter how hard he swings the bat?

2. Have students explore the following simulation-The Scientific Slugger to show how the different variables affect path of the ball. http://www.exploratorium.edu/baseball/scientificslugger.html

3. Have student build their own launching device and see who can launch a mini marshmallow the furthest.