The bounce of a ball

  title={The bounce of a ball},
  author={Rod Cross},
  journal={American Journal of Physics},
  • R. Cross
  • Published 17 February 1999
  • Education, Physics
  • American Journal of Physics
In this paper, the dynamics of a bouncing ball is described for several common ball types having different bounce characteristics. Results are presented for a tennis ball, a baseball, a golf ball, a superball, a steel ball bearing, a plasticene ball, and a silly putty ball. The plasticene ball was studied as an extreme case of a ball with a low coefficient of restitution (in fact zero, since the collision is totally inelastic) and the silly putty ball was studied because it has unusual elastic… 

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