Physics and pinball machines

by Shaheemie
Tags: machines, physics, pinball
 P: 248 Physics and pinball machines I'm guessing you are in Physics C (Mechanics). You should look into Newton's third law (law of conservation). This can represent how the pinball will bounce off of walls. You can also look at impulse momentum equations $$F/delta t = M /delta V$$. This can be applied to when the flipper hits the ball. You can then look at $$d = 1/2gt^2$$. This equation can (when applied on a tilted axis, because the ball is not dropping straight down) provide a distance that the ball will travel downwards in a given amount of time, or you can use the equation $$v_f^2 = v_o^2 + 2ad$$ for the velocity of a ball. Good luck!