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Physics in Basketball pt. 3 #ouch



Playing on a slippery, dusty basketball court is one of the most annoying things in the world. The court is so dusty it is basically frictionless! During practice, because the floor wasn't cleaned, I fell over. I was running down the court and BLAM is slipped because my shoes failed to give me any traction since they were clogged in dust. Physics was involved in this fall because I had Kinetic Energy. I weigh around 77 kilo grams and I was running down the court with a speed of about 10 m/s. My total kinetic energy using the equation KE=1/2mv^2 was about 3850 Newtons and that is how physics applies to my fall :-)


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I've never thought of how kinetic energy and physics deals with falling. That's a lot of force though hitting that court.

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