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Q & A: squishy floor

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Most recent answer: 06/03/2010
Q:
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)
California, USA
A:
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.

Mike W.

(published on 06/02/2010)

Follow-Up #1: Golf ball hitting a wall

Q:
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:
- Anonymous
A:


Thanks, fantastic video.

Mike W.

(published on 06/03/2010)

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