Okay so in my 4th hour class, Conceptual Physics, our teacher instructed us to get into groups of three and build a catapult that would be able to launch a golf ball. After watching a catapult /trebuchet, it sort of inspired us and gave us an idea of what our teacher was looking for in our catapults. He had us to choose if we wanted to do a catapult or trebuchet, but we chose catapult, because a trebuchet seemed too complicated.

Step 1: Getting Started...

Well of course you can't start building a catapult without equipment involved. You must grab enough wood for your catapult and tools; such as screws, hammers, handsaws, rulers, springs, etc. (you get the idea).
You need to know how big you want your catapult and how much wood you might need. You also might want to see how much weight your catapult might carry, if it's too big, you might want to get some assistance. This is where you use a ruler and begin to measure it. You must need a flat base that at least touches the ground. The measurements must be exact so no mistakes will interfer when you're putting it together.

<p>I believe the reason you didn't achieve the distance you wanted is because the throw-arm was much too short. If you've got it accelerating to such a high velocity, it sounds like you had plenty of power, but didn't utilize the natural leveraging of that power that extending the arm would have brought. Your Catapault probably had the strength to throw bricks... But with an object as light as a golf ball, extending the arm and getting much more distance would have been easy. :)</p>
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As I view this pic, runs chills down my spin. DO NOT EVER PLACE ONE&quot;S HAND in front of a power drill controlled by another operator. What ever that is being achieved can be done with out getting the hands in the middle of the action. Take a few more moments and figure it out to not jeopardize one safety. <br>Be safe and go home to mama as well as you were when she saw you last. <br><br>In high school my wood shop teacher had only one arm and when he spoke of safety about/around high speed cutting tools, everyone listen and it stuck. No, he didn't lose the arm in a shop event, lost during the war but some reason it meant more due to he had to function missing a limb.
If I used this to launch a pile of snowballs at my neighbor's snowfort, would it hurt if it hit them, or cause damage to their car or house?
how far does it throw?
&nbsp;I'm gonna have to say your catapult has better size to range ratio than mine. Try prefabricating the catapult.
&nbsp;the reason why your golf ball didnt go so far is that your arm was pretty short;<br /> using a longer arm (of course not a huge one) would provide the catapult with a massive amount of force(you could even double that 25 yard distance)<br />
yea...we were alittle short on wood so we were stuck with a small arm<br /> but thanks for telling me. I somehow had a feeling it wasn't going to&nbsp;go far...but it's all good I guess.
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