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Bouncing a Ball



During volleyball practice during a water break I was bouncing a ball, so I thought of all the physics within the simple movement of the ball hitting the floor then hitting my hand. The simple act of bouncing a ball is more physics than meets the eye. I

The ball moves vertically (up and down) and horizontally (moving forward). With each bounce, and each step the vertical and horizontal distance/ height, seconds in the air and velocity was constantly changing. Also as the ball falls it accelerates due to the force of gravity. The ball continues to accelerate until it hits the ground which results in each bounce becoming lower and lower.

From this simple act of bouncing a ball during practice I discover why the ball after each bounce becomes lower and lower. I love physics because it allows me to have fun while playing sports that I love.


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