The projectile travels horizontally at a constant speed (v) over a horizontal distance (s) with time (t) such that s = vt. But the projectile travels downward at a varying speed because of gravity acceleration (g)) over a vertical distance (s) with time (t) such that s = 1/2gt^2 ( time squared). Because of the square term it travels in a parabola shape, curved downward
The gravitation forces are what causes the path of a projectile to be curved.
The combination of an initial forward velocity and the downward vertical force of gravity causes the ball to follow a curved path
The curved path is called a trajectory
The curved path is called projectile motion.
it follows a curved path
Earth's gravity acts downward toward the center of Earth. ... The combination of intitial forward velocity and downward vertical force of gravity cause of projectile to follow a curved path. Force. A push or a pull that acts on an object.