Newtonian Mountain

One of Fowler's Physics Applets

This Java applet lets you shoot a ball from a mountain on the earth. Newton described the possible trajectories of a cannonball shot from a tall mountain. Weaker shots fall in parabola, but soon the curvature of the earth becomes more important and stronger shots orbit the earth in ellipses.

Programming:Drew Dolgert
Owner and contact:Michael Fowler -
Date:August 1997
Distribution:Gnu Public License, How to link to Newton's Cannon
Language:Java 1.0

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