The balls, in alphabetical order, include: baseball (official, safety, plastic), basketball, cricket ball, dodge ball, football (American), golf ball (official, foam, plastic), hackeysack, hockey (field, low density street, high density street), kickball, lacrosse ball, ping pong (table tennis), racquetball, rugby ball, soccer, softball, tennis ball, toy ball, and volleyball. Graphs show the balls as they bounce on a concrete floor in 1-dimensional motion, roll down an incline and across a concrete floor in 2-dimensional motion, and fly off a wood incline and bounce across the concrete floor in 2-dimensional projectile motion. The graphs can be used for classes in physical science, physics, and physical education.
The following graph is excerpted from the Sampler Edition:
- How many times does the ball bounce?
- From what height is the ball dropped?
- Does the ball bounce up and down in a straight line? Does it drift to one side? Does it roll to the side?
- Describe the motion of the ball in words.
- Redraw the graph with a new axis, with 0 at the bottom of the graph.
- Why does the ball not bounce back to the same height?
- What is the maximum energy of the ball? What happens to the energy of the ball as it falls and bounces?
- Write one or more equations to describe the motion of the ball.
- Would a regular baseball bounce more or less times than the safety baseball? Higher or lower? Why?
- Would a plastic baseball bounce more or less times than the safety baseball? Higher or lower? Why?
Schottenbauer Publishing offers a variety of books relevant to the science of balls, including:
Graphs & Data for Science Lab: Multi-Volume Series
- Bounce, Roll, & Fly! The Science of Ball Sports
- The Science of Hockey (Field, Street, & Ice)
Anthologies of 28 Graphs
- The Science of Ball Sports
- The Science of Summer Olympic Sports
- The World in a Graph
- The Geometry of Summer Olympic Sports
Books by M. Schottenbauer, Ph.D. are available in both English and German from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million, Powell's, and other internet retailers. Wholesale is available directly from CreateSpace online.