A colleague of mine and me are organizing a 3-day preparation course for undergrad students to prepare them for their upcoming lecture about computational physics (the course in about 1.5 months). This course takes place at a German university.
The third day of this course will involve a "do-it-yourself-day" where the students can choose between different projects to do. We are in the process of creating these projects. Usually, we are creating them independently of each other and uploading them to our course-site and inform each other we added a new project. Sometimes we'll also talk about them to discuss specific tasks etc.
So I made a project to calculate the trajectory of an artillery from the WWII. It's perfect for an academic task because it has a high velocity and goes high into the atmosphere so the students must do the calculation with air friction and height effects like decreasing temperature and pressure. I almost completed this project to be ready to be uploaded but my colleague has moral concerns since its a weapon and was used by the Nazis.
I don't have that many concerns since its a purely academic approach to this and it's not like we are calculating how much damage it can do. Also, the approaches used to solve this task are not so unlike the approach to get a space shuttle again safe to Earth (which is much more complicated though since I didn't choose it) for example.
Q: Are his concerns justified and should I abandon this project?
(I'd also be glad to new proposals, it should be fast and go high to use friction and height effect.)