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A simple energy question that needs answering.

  1. Nov 30, 2003 #1
    Explain what is happening to energy when a rubber ball is dropped and bounces.

    What does the ball eventually stop bouncing?

    Can anybody help me with this question?
     
  2. jcsd
  3. Nov 30, 2003 #2
    the potential energy of the ball is being changed into kinetic, and it loses energy when it hits the floor every time. i think thats right?
     
  4. Nov 30, 2003 #3
    With a perfectly elastic ball in a vacuum, it would bounce for ever:

    gravitational PE <--> kinetic energy <--> spring (deformed elastic ball) PE

    (PE = potential energy)

    In reality, energy is lost in (at least) three ways: air resistance losses, sound energy, and heat energy when the ball is deformed.
     
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