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Newton's Laws & Basketball
Transcript of Newton's Laws & Basketball
When a basketball player is about to shoot the ball, the force of basketball player pushing on the ball is acting on the basketball. The ball is at rest until the player picks the ball up and raises it in the air to shoot it.It’s now in motion and will stay in motion like newton’s first law stated until an unbalanced force is acted on it which would be the backboard or even the rim.
Newton's Second Law
Newton’s second law of motion states acceleration is produced when a force acts on a mass. The greater the mass of the object being accelerated the greater the amount of force needed to accelerate the object. For the same acceleration, more mass requires more force. For the same mass, more acceleration requires more force.
The equation that expresses this is Force = Mass x Acceleration
Once the ball has left the players hand the ball travel and accelerate in the direction the player gives the force in. The force comes in between the two players as the ball is passed.
Newton's First law
Newton’s first law of motion states an object at rest stays at rest and an object in motion stays in motion with the same speed and in the same direction unless acted upon by an unbalanced force.
Newtons Third Law
Newton’s third law of motion states that every action has an equal and opposite reaction, which means when you apply force to an object, that object also applies force back at you.
An example of this is when the basketball hits the backboard. When the ball hits the backboard, the ball bounces back, because newton’s third law.
1. How do rolling, sliding, and /or any other friction influence the movement of your sport or activity?
• When a basketball player bounces the ball you have rolling friction.
2. How does the force of gravity influence the movements in your sport or activity?
• When a basketball player shoots a ball it comes back down into the hoop.
3. How does inertia apply to your sport or activity?
• When you pass the ball and someone steals it inertia is taking place.
4. How does acceleration or momentum apply to your activity or sport?
• When the basketball player is pushing up onto the ball to shoot it the ball accelerates in the direction it’s pushed in.
5. How do action-reaction forces apply to your sport or activity?
• When the ball is passed to a player the ball hits hands, and your hands hit the ball.