Physlet Library

Jan. 2002

CD version

Classical Mechanics

If you have questions or comments, please contact Aaron Titus at

Library Index

For a current version of the library, please visit

ID#: 27

Name: Basketball bounces

Description: A basketball with an initial velocity in the x-direction bounces on the floor. The ball loses energy with each collision and eventually stops.

Simulation uses setTrajectory instead of setForce in order to show the ball at the instant that it hits the floor. Energy is lost with each collision but no particular physical model is used to determine how much energy is lost due to a collision.

Position vs. time graphs for x and y are shown.


This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. DUE-9952323

Aaron Titus | North Carolina A & T State University |