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Physics of kickball



Everything we do in life involves physics in one way or another and sports illustrate physics in many ways, especially in a game of kickball. To begin with, you have a person pitching the ball which they use the force of their arm to pitch the ball at a steady, constant pace. Depending on how much force the pitcher used, the ball either rolls all the way to the kicker's foot or it slows down and comes to a rest. This represents Newton's first law of motion because the ball keeps rolling until its acted upon by an outside force. Then the kicker responds by kicking the ball into the air which travels in a parabolic form and eventually comes down due to the force of gravity pulling it back down to earth. When kicked, the ball travels up at an angle, remains in the air for a split second where the velocity is zero meters per second and then comes back down. Also depending on the amount of force behind the kick, it determines the distance the ball will travel.


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