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Homework Help: Theory on bouncing balls

  1. Nov 14, 2006 #1
    hi all

    I'm doing an experimental investigation for a school project on bouncing basketballs. I've linked this project with kinetic and potential energy (i.e i've written how kinetic and potential play a role in the resultant rebound height) and i'm wondering if anyone knows any other theories/formula i can link my project to.
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  3. Nov 14, 2006 #2
    air resistance

    how about air resistance have you considered that?
  4. Nov 14, 2006 #3
    i've decided to neglect air resistance. I'm thinking of observing the affects of heated surfaces.
  5. Nov 14, 2006 #4


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    Some energy is dissipated as friction in the collision and as sound. These effects are lumped together into the "coefficient of restitution." See, e.g., http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coefficient_of_restitution" [Broken]
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  6. Nov 15, 2006 #5
    thanks alot
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