Conservation of momentum and energy in collisions. A simple analysis is available in the PowerPoint (right-click and “save link as”):
High speed camera footage of the bounce:
Download video (right-click and “save link as”): Superbounce.m4v
NCEA & Science Curriculum
The tennis ball is moving at up to nearly three times its original speed and can come off the basketball in a range of directions. Practice first and make sure no one is standing very near as the tennis ball can hit pretty hard.
Individual teachers are responsible for safety in their own classes. Even familiar demonstrations should be practised and safety-checked by individual teachers before they are used in a classroom.
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