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Bowling Physics



Bowling is very unique in its set up as far as sports go. It consists of a series of 10 pins which stand in a particular sequence allowing a difficult yet potential strike by the thrower whos objective is to roll the ball and knock down the standing pins. However, if you go in depth and analyze the specifics of the sport, youll find that there are a variety of physics topics involved. Its a game of strategy and precision demonstrating examples of momentum, power, energy, friction and force in the performance of this game.

The physics of friction in this sport are considered for optimum play. Friction is reduced to a minimum between the ball and the smooth floor boards allowing the ball to glide smoothly across the surface and maintain lots of force to direct it towards the targets. With reduced friction the game is more focused on other preforming aspects without the worry of unecessary effects.

Energy is another actively involved element. within the game. The potential energy of the game is specific to the ball and the thrower. Potential energy originates from the thrower positioning himself in font of the lane. He then cocks his arm back and in a leaning stride follows through with an underhand release ensuring optimal accuracy and power to the ball. This specific stance and releasing strategy gives the ball the potential energy needed to sustain the ability to act in kinetic energy where the ball transfers to a moving projectile and accelerates with kinetic energy until it reaches the pins and hopefully kocks them all down if its energy is great enough.

Momentum is key in the sport of bowling. The thrower transfers his forward momentum from his feet and arm to the ball stimulating the ball to act and gain momentum where its mass and speed will give the ball power to in turn transfer the momentum again to the unstable pins where they will get knocked down.


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