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Basketball and Physics


kykan

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Basketball has so much to do with physics! First off when you dribble a basketball, the force you put on the basketball, the basketball puts back on you. When you shoot a basketball its projectile motion. The ball goes is attracted to the ground because of gravity. Your shoes (hopefully) do not slip on the ground when you are running because of friction. When you fall and get a floor burn that is also due to friction and so painful. The amount of force you apply to the ball and the angle and location you shoot it from decides where it goes. During games ideally when you pass you want to put as much force as possible into it so its difficult for the other team to steal it. If you happen to miss your shot and the ball collides with the backboard or the rim, the momentum is conserved. That is why in warm-ups when everyone shoots at the same time its good to be aware of your surroundings because if that ball bounces right into your face it will not feel good. If you know your physics basketball can become a lot easier.

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