Projectile Motion and Volleyball!
How serving a volleyball relates to projectile motion
What is Projectile Motion ? ? ?
Also, all objects accelerate due to gravity, and this affects the projectile's motion. In projectile motion at an angle, the gravity (acceleration) is always...
Serving a Volleyball
Volleyball is a Projectile Motion ? ? ?
Is Serving a Volleyball a Projectile Motion ? ? ?
If you think about it, a volleyball player tosses the ball in the air, and hits it in front of them. Their arm hitting the ball causes the ball to "launch" over the net to the other side. The ball is therefore given an initial velocity at an angle.
I am going to say that I want a ball served exactly on the end line of the other team's court. This means that the ball will travel 18 meters. So, we know that our horizontal distance is 18 meters.
- x= 18 m
- 1 s
- 1.5 s
- 2 s
- 2.5 s
We are also going to say that the height of where the ball is contacted (on the serve) is the same height at which a defender passes it. This makes the projectile symmetric, meaning the time it takes to reach the maximum height will be the same on it's way down. In this case, we don't really have to worry about the height of the net since most volleyball players are as tall as the net when their hand is straight up.