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Jan. 2002

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Classical Mechanics

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ID#: 60

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.

The velocity vector for the ball is shown.


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

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