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Volleyball Energy Transformations
Transcript of Volleyball Energy Transformations
Someone is serving the ball. It is laying in their hand, not moving yet. The ball has Gravitational Potential Energy because gravity is keeping it in the persons hand and the ball is not, yet, moving.
The person that is holding the volleyball has Mechanical Energy. The person is moving, but has not exerted their force onto the ball.
The person has now thrown the volleyball into the air and it is still rising higher. The ball has Kinetic Energy as it is going up into the air.
The ball has reached the highest point of its journey into the air. It stops for a split second before it drops again.
Gravitational Potential Energy
The ball has already reached the highest point and is now dropping back toward the ground. It has Kinetic Energy as it is falling.
The ball has now returned to the persons viewpoint. The person is hitting the ball transferring their Mechanical Energy to the ball to push it forward.
The person has just hit the ball giving it Mechanical Energy which is now transformed into Kinetic Energy as it falls on the other side of the net.
The ball has now reached the other person which will give the ball Mechanical Energy and start the process all over again.