MEHAU KULYK/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

“What if gravity acted sideways?”

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“So you see students, after the projectile is launched, it follows a trajectory whose vertical position as a function of time forms a parabola while the horizontal position—yes, a question?”

“Mrs. Geddes, I understand a projectile’s behavior in Earth’s gravity, but how would all that change if gravity acted sideways?”

And, thus, the thought experiment was launched, “What if gravity acted sideways?” Here is a clever and entertaining response:

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