Describe three ways that understanding projectile motion and relative velocity could help you improve your success in a basketball game
The Attempt at a Solution
1: Understanding projectile motion and relative velocity helps a basketball player to choose what Initial velocity and angle to increase the likely hood to score a basket, whether it's a 2 point shot, a shot from downtown to score a 3, or a free throw. When the basketball player shoots a ball he can determine how much force he needs to apply depending on if he’s moving or not, if he’s moving he should take a shot while taking into account how fast he’s moving since the ball will travel with his velocity and the applied force.
2: If a basketball player decides that he wants to pass the ball to another player that is across the court, while he is at the opposite end he would need to maximize the distance he would need to throw it. In order to that he would need to pass the ball at a 45 degree angle to maximize the projectile motion at a certain initial velocity.
3: Let’s say the basketball player wanted to pass the ball at a maximum velocity to another player by understanding relative velocity he would know he needs to pass the ball while he’s moving at maximum speed and at a relative angle to the player to increase the speed of the pass since his movement speed and the balls initial velocity when he passes it are combined it would maximize the speed the ball is passed.
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