Although the plots that we have been producing are nice, they are not quite
powerful enough to visualize the ballistic trajectory problem. Here are two
- Although we can look at how the height reached or the distance traveled
by the ball varies with respect to time, we can't look at both at the same
time. In other words, we can't directly visualize the trajectory followed by
- It would be interesting to look at height (or distance) as a function of
both time and initial angle. Unfortunately, on our two-dimensional plots
we have only two variables.
The fundamental problem here is that we have too many variables and not enough
space on a simple two-dimensional plot. Fortunately, Maple provides a variety
of ways to address this problem. In each of the sections that follows, we will
consider a visualization problem and explore the Maple solution.
Joseph L. Zachary
Department of Computer Science
University of Utah