# Naked Science Forum

## Non Life Sciences => Physics, Astronomy & Cosmology => Topic started by: yor_on on 10/01/2019 17:00:46

Title: when balls bounce from trains, do they speed?
Post by: yor_on on 10/01/2019 17:00:46
This one is fun.

" Imagine standing on a train platform, and throwing a ball at 30 km/h toward a train approaching at 50 km/h. The driver of the train sees the ball approaching at 80 km/h and then departing at 80 km/h after the ball bounces elastically off the front of the train. Because of the train's motion, however, that departure is at 130 km/h relative to the train platform; the ball has added twice the train's velocity to its own.  "
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Is it right, or wrong?
Title: Re: when balls bounce from trains, do they speed?
Post by: Halc on 10/01/2019 18:40:38
Is it right, or wrong?
That's right.  If the ball is large enough to measurably slow the train, it will rebound a bit slower, but it is a small ball I presume.
Title: Re: when balls bounce from trains, do they speed?
Post by: Bored chemist on 10/01/2019 18:51:26
I think it's sort of related to this
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bouncing_ball#Multiple_stacked_balls
Title: Re: when balls bounce from trains, do they speed?
Post by: yor_on on 11/01/2019 07:32:01
Full points BC :)