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These lesson plans were developed as a supplement to the book “Backyard Ballistics”. Note: Teachers and others must be aware that some of the projects involve the use of flammable substances, compressed fluids, and other potentially hazardous materials.

All information is presented without any guarantee of safety, usability, or appropriateness for any purpose. Use of the ideas and information in Backyard Ballistics and this website is strictly at the risk of the user.

Again, the materials and projects could be considered dangerous and all projects and information are presented strictly for informational purposes. Use solely at your own risk!


These lesson plans may not be changed or modified in any way or form. They are exclusively for the use of individual teachers. No commercial use of this material is allowed without the authors written permission. This material in whole or in part may not be placed on any internet website, or electronic repository accessible via the Internet, without the authors written permission. This information may not be excerpted or otherwise modified without author's permission.

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Catapult Physics
Carbide Cannon Stoichiometry
The Jellyfish of the Sky
Spin Stabilization
Exterior Ballistics

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