What other theories/formulas can be linked to a project on bouncing basketballs?

In summary, the conversation is about a school project investigating bouncing basketballs and the role of kinetic and potential energy. The project may also consider theories and formulas related to air resistance, but the person has decided to neglect it and focus on observing the effects of heated surfaces. They also mention the concept of coefficient of restitution as a way to measure energy dissipation during collisions.
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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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air resistance

how about air resistance have you considered that?
 
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i've decided to neglect air resistance. I'm thinking of observing the affects of heated surfaces.
 
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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"
 
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thanks alot
 

1. What factors affect the bounce height of a ball?

The bounce height of a ball is affected by several factors, including the material and shape of the ball, the surface it bounces on, and the force and angle with which it is thrown or dropped. Other factors such as air resistance and temperature can also play a role.

2. How does the elasticity of a ball affect its bounce?

The elasticity of a ball, or its ability to deform and return to its original shape, is a crucial factor in determining its bounce height. A more elastic ball will have a higher bounce as it is able to store and release more energy upon impact with the ground.

3. What is the relationship between the drop height and bounce height of a ball?

The drop height and bounce height of a ball have a direct relationship. This means that as the drop height increases, the bounce height will also increase, until it reaches a maximum point where the ball is unable to bounce any higher due to factors such as air resistance.

4. Can the temperature of a ball affect its bounce?

Yes, the temperature of a ball can affect its bounce. As temperature increases, the molecules in the ball move faster, making it more elastic. This means that a ball will bounce higher at higher temperatures, and lower at lower temperatures.

5. How is the coefficient of restitution related to a ball's bounce?

The coefficient of restitution is a measure of a ball's elasticity, or how well it can bounce. A higher coefficient of restitution means a more elastic ball, and therefore a higher bounce. It is affected by factors such as the ball's material, shape, and temperature.

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