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Physics in Trampolines



Most of the physics in trampolines has to do with the topic we most recently covered which is springs. The only way that trampolines can be enjoyed in the summertime is by the use of physics through springs. Around the edge of every trampoline there are a series of springs connecting the metal outer ring to the elastic cloth on the inside. The force on the spring can determine how "bouncy" the trampoline is. For example, if a toddler were to jump on a trampoline there would be much less force on the spring than if a fully grown man were to jump on that same trampoline. This can be observed at how far the trampoline stretches down to the ground and how much the springs on the sides stretch and compress. Who knew there was so much science in such a fun activity!


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