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How do basketball players jump straight up into the air?

  1. Oct 22, 2009 #1
    The question asks to describe in terms of physics how basketball players can jump straight up into the air. I also have to show free body diagrams of the forces on the ground and on the player.

    The basketball player has gravity and normal forces acting on him and I am assuming that the rest has something to do with muscles, but I'm not completely sure. Any ideas?
     
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  3. Oct 23, 2009 #2

    Andrew Mason

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    How does the force the leg muscles have to exert on the body compare to the player's weight?

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