parabolic orbit

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parabolic orbit

[¦par·ə¦bäl·ik ′ȯr·bət]
(astronomy)
An orbit whose overall shape is like a parabola; the orbit represents the least eccentricity for escape from an attracting body.
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After finishing the "Projectile Motion" section, ask students to use the drawing tool to draw what they think the parabolic trajectory will be for a bird shot at a shallow angle and a bird shot at a steep angle.
In considering the flight phase Denny touches upon topics such as the curvature of the earth, Coriolis and atmospheric effects, and parabolic trajectory, as well as describing the evolution of fire control, air bombing, rockets and guided missiles.
This means that any object in free fall, be it a piece of chalk, a skate board rider or a ball, will follow a parabolic trajectory.
He tee-ed off with a one wood, sending the ball soaring towards a distant flag on a lovely parabolic trajectory.
At the peak of its parabolic trajectory, passengers will experience several minutes of weightlessness and see the Earth from space.
On the other hand, if the head were in a raised position, the weapon would have impacted after following a parabolic trajectory, undoubtedly indicating a thrown weapon.