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I just found your answer to how a ball bounces, but I have a marble that doesn't squish and it bounces on the floor. How can it do that if it doesn't squish and push back?
- Matthew (age 7)
Even glass can squish and bounce back a little bit. More importantly, most floors (say wood) can squish and push back. If you get a chance to see a fast video of a bat hitting a ball, you'll be amazed at how much hard things can squish.
(published on 06/03/10)
Follow-Up #1: Golf ball hitting a wall
Here is a nice video showing how a golf ball can be squished when hitting a wall. It looks like a drop of water, a-m-a-z-i-n-g! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AkB81u5IM3I&feature=relatedhttp:
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