Monster Bounces

13 July 2008

Ingredients

Tennis Ball A tennis ball or another light bouncy ball Basket ball A basket ball or another large heavy very bouncy ball.

Instructions

Hold the tennis ball directly on top of the basket ball, and then try to drop both balls together as smoothly as possible onto a hard surface.  Make sure you stay a long way away from anything delicate!

Result

You should find that the tennis ball bounces far higher than the height it was dropped from.

Explanation

If you drop a ball it will only ever bounce up nearly as high as it was dropped from. However if you drop two balls more interesting things can happen. The basketball hits the ground and bounces first so the the tennis ball hit the basketball coming back up. This is like hitting it with a tennis racket so it bounces off much faster than it was coming down and it flies up into the air.

The balls being dropped The balls near the floor The larger ball bouces After the bounce
The two balls start dropping together The balls speed up as they fall. The basketball bounces first so the tennis ball hits the basket ball coming upwards. The tennis ball bounces off the ball like off a tennis ball.

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