The untold facts of how basketball changes lives...& physics
What types of motion does basketball involve?
What is the role of air resistance or friction in basketball?
How does Newton's first law relate to basketball?
How does Newton's second law relate to basketball?
Newton's second law of motion states that acceleration is produced when a force acts on a mass. The greater the mass (of the object being accelerated) the greater the amount of force needed (to accelerate the object). Because the ball has mass, you have to apply more force onto it to make the forces unbalanced to get it to move. If you wanted to dribble the ball in a different direction, then you would have to apply a force in that direction. If you want to dribble slower, then you have to apply less force to the ball. In basketball you have to accelerate the ball downwards when you dribble to make it move the way you want it too.
How does Newton's third law relate to basketball?
Newton's third law states that for every force there is an equal and opposite reaction. Action and reaction occurs in basketball with many things. One example is when you shoot the ball at the basket, you are adding a force to the ball to make it move. When it hits the backboard, it goes in a different direction as a reaction.
What types of equipment are used in basketball?
Are there any connections between physics and the equipment used?
The shoes must have good traction, so you don't slip on the floor when you change velocity and acceleration. Good traction means that friction between the shoe and the floor must be high. A basketball player uses static friction when planting their foot. This static friction allows a player to stop and turn without sliding across the floor because the static friction is greater than the sliding friction.
The ball is the most visible equipment on the court. Friction allows a player to grip the ball in order to dribble, shoot, and pass on the court.
The basket consists of a round shaped metal rim with the covering of net around it. When the ball goes through the net, tension in the net absorb the impact of the ball to slow down its movement as gravity pulls it down.
What speeds are reached in basketball? Acceleration interval?
How is technology used to enhance the sport?
How is momentum used/dealt with in basketball?/What are the energy conversions in this sport?
How is energy conserved in basketball?
Energy cannot be created nor destroyed. Rather, energy is conserved. Energy changes from one form to another while the total energy of the system remains constant. The energy changes between potential and kinetic energy. When dribbling a ball, players are converting potential energy into kinetic energy. When the player is holding the ball, the ball has potential energy, the energy is being stored, waiting to be used.
By: Chloe Barker and Kate Harris
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