Bouncing ball experiment.

The results of an analysis of two target surfaces used in a bouncing ball experiment are presented. It is shown that if a ball is dropped onto a flat surface with an initial spin, or component of velocity horizontal to the surface, the ball will travel horizontally in "one direction" while it executes multiple bounces. Because of the phenomenon, the ball will eventually fall off any reasonably sized flat target surface. To overcome this, we consider a surface with a conical depression in it so as to "focus" or localize the bouncing ball. Equations that describe the motion on such a surface are presented.

Main Author: Maurone, Philip A.
Other Authors: Wunderlich, Francis J.
Language: English
Published: 1977
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