AP Physics builds trebuchets to explore energy concepts

Using thousand-year old technology in a modern-day classroom, Kyle Linehan’s AP Physics class assembled miniature wooden trebuchets as part of a unit on energy. Despite the fact that they were invented so long ago, trebuchets demonstrate several important physics topics working together (kinematics, energy, and momentum). Students used the wooden devices along with knowledge from class to calculate the distance that a piece of clay would travel after being launched.