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The section NBA 101 includes coverage of the league’s history and rules. html This page from the site for the television program DragonflyTV gives ideas for scientifically studying different factors that affect shooting. It includes a video clip of an experiment done by two kids. com/sport/basketball The Topend Sports website, which originated in Australia, has a lot of information about the basics of basketball, including some physics pointers. 3311 Science at Work in Basketball INDEX Page numbers in bold type are for photos, charts, and illustrations.
Energy: In physics, the ability to do work. force: Anything that causes a change in the velocity of an object, such as a push or a pull. friction: A force resisting the movement of an object across a surface. gravity: A force that pulls objects toward the center of Earth. illusion: Something that isn’t actually the way it seems or appears. inertia: The tendency of an object to resist being accelerated. A force has to be applied in order to put into motion an object that is at rest or to change the velocity of an object that is moving.
People walk by pushing backward with each foot against the ground. Without friction, a person’s foot would just slip backward. The person’s body would not move forward. Actually, there are two kinds of friction, called static and kinetic. When an object tries to move across a surface, the static friction from the surface holds the object in place without slipping—at least it does this as long as the force applied by the object doesn’t get too strong. If the force reaches a certain level, the object will start to slip.
Science at Work in Basketball (Benchmark Rockets) by Richard Hantula