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balls. There are three main types of catapults including: the ballista, the mangonel or onager, and the trebuchet. These three catapult were very useful and important in many ways. The ballista is said to be the oldest form of catapult that exist. The ballista was invited by the Greeks but later modified by the

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The ballista, or "shield piercer," was first developed by the Greeks using the same principles as a bow and arrow. Its primary use was to, as the name suggests, pierce enemy shields, since normal bows lacked the power to do so. Early versions of the ballista include the gastrophetes, which is nothing more than an enlarged bow that can be braced against the users body. http://members.lycos.nl/onager/GastrophetesPic.jpg As time went on ballistas were

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Catapults: A History A catapult has been used all throughout history as a siege engine. A siege engine is a device that is designed to break or circumvent city walls and other fortifications in siege warfare. A catapult was one of the approximately 10 weapons used in siege warfare during an assault on a castle or fortification. Some other weapons used in both ancient and medieval siege warfare included the well known trebuchet, the classic battering ram, and the siege tower. All of these devices

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The catapult is a machine that launches an object into the air by using sudden tension. When people launched catapults, the object that was launched forms a parabola to hit the target otherwise known as a projectile. There are forces that act upon the object such as gravity and initial velocity. To calculate where the object lands, people use the vertex form and the quadratic formula. The vertex form is y = a(x – h)2 + k in which a is equal to the slope of the parabola, h is equal to half of the

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During the Middle Ages, many weapons were created to help in the winning battles.There was a weapon was the siege engine called a catapult. The term catapult came from the Greek word "katapultos". A catapult was a large machine on wheels with a basket attached to a long wooden arm and a power source for hurling projectiles on the other.The first catapult however was invented around 400 BC in Greek town Syracuse. It was not the type seen so many times at our own wars in today's Society for Creative

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many different sizes, some were big others were small. The biggest catapult was the Trebuchet. It could launch stones in between 200 and 300 pound stones 1,000 feet. The earliest catapult originated in Greece in the 3rd century, it was called the ballista. Catapults were used in ancient and medieval warfare, then in the 14th century the gunpowder cannon was introduced. The last time catapults were used

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Medieval Weapons Medieval Weapons were (are) very dangerous. They Can kill, puncture, wound, hurt, or anything else. All weapons From the Middle Ages were looked upon as frightening and crucial Tools to kill. From a small dagger to a large cannon; all weapons Would kill, no doubt about it. A lot, in fact most of the weapons were used for siege and Defense against castles. Castles were the most integral part of the Middle Ages. They held the king, the servants and anyone else Important. If you

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The ballista is also a very viable option, but I truly believe the trebuchet is the way to go, and let me explain why. First, the transfer of energy that occurs when the weight is dropped, should allow the projectile to launch quickly and have significantly more

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The discovery of gunpowder changed war from being fought with medieval weaponry and battle tactics to more modern day weapons and tactics because the gunpowder powered weapons are more deadly. Weapons that use gunpowder to launch projectiles have a greater range than melee weapons and are more powerful than bow and arrows. Also, cannons are more powerful and have a greater range and accuracy than catapults and they also can be reloaded faster than catapults. Gunpowder weapons changed war because

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Have you ever wondered how a catapult works? We had to ask just that question when we were assigned a project. Where we had to create a functional catapult and graph the arc of the object shot from the catapult we created. In this essay I will discuss the history and mathematical concepts behind catapults. I will also include some fun facts. There are many mathematical concepts behind a catapult. One big mathematical concept behind a catapult is a parabola. A parabola is defined as “a symmetrical

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