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Paddle Ball

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Adam Bradshaw

on 17 September 2013

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Transcript of Paddle Ball

Paddle Ball
What is the Science behind paddle ball?
Newtons first law of motion: an object in motion stays in motion, unless acted upon by a force (when the ball reaches its full extension on the string, and is pulled back towards the paddle
Newton's third law of motion: for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction (when the ball hits the paddle and bounces off it)
Newton's law of gravity is also at work in this toy
What is paddle ball?
a one-person game played using a flat paddle with a small rubber ball attached at the center with an elastic string
the player tries to hit the ball with the paddle in as many times in a row as possible
the paddle is usually made from either wood or plastic
the elastic string can be shortened by pulling it back through the paddle and tying it in a knot
History of the Paddle Ball Toy
modern toy invented by a chemist named Norman Stingley in 1965

evolved from the hornbook battledore shuttlecock, which was popular during the Colonial American period
Our Observations
Ball is rubber, string is elastic, paddle is plastic
Ball bounces off paddle
Timing of hand motion needs to be perfect
Ball will sometimes bounce off to the side if paddle is even slightly sideways
The harder the paddle is shaken, the farther the ball bounces
Heckert, Paul A. "Newton's Laws - Gravity." Suite101.com. N.p., 12 Jan. 2008. Web. 15 Sept. 2013. <http://suite101.com/a/newtons-laws-for-kids-gravity-a41285>.

"Historical Folk Toys - Paddleball." Historical Folk Toys - Paddleball. Historical Folk Toys, n.d. Web. 15 Sept. 2013. <http://www.historicalfolktoys.com/catcont/2002.html>.

Discovery Channel. Discovery Channel. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Sept. 2013. <http://dsc.discovery.com/tv-shows/other-shows/videos/time-warp-paddle-ball-champ.htm>.
By Adam, Cooper, Hunter, and Jack
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