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Q & A: How high will a wet tennis ball bounce?

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Most recent answer: 12/13/2010
Q:
IF I soak a tennis ball in milk, lemonade and water how will it affect the bounce height?
- Trevor (age 12)
Maryland
A:
Hi Trevor,

This is a great question and a great opportunity for you to become an experimental physicist.  Why don't you get a tennis ball and see how high it bounces from a fixed height when it is dry.   Then soak the ball in your favorite liquid and see how that affects the height. I have my own guess due to my own experience playing tennis on a damp court, but let us know your results.

LeeH

(published on 12/13/2010)

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