Sister MaryAnn Tarquinio
16 November 2015
The Physics of Volleyball
There is aspects of physics in almost every aspect of volleyball. Volleyball also follows the three laws of motion provided from Sir Isaac Newton.
The first law of motion states that, “An object at rest remains at rest, and an object in motion continues in motion with constant velocity unless the object experiences a net external force” (Serway Faughn). If an object has no net external force, it also has no acceleration. The net force of an object is discovered using the vector sum of the forces effecting the object and also using the resultant vectors. When one serves a ball into the net it changes the motion of the ball. Likewise, when a hitter is blocked by someone from the opposing team, the blocker changes the motion of the ball. Howbeit, the servers hand, the net, and the blockers arms are acting as a force that stopped the object and changed the direction of the ball.
The second law of motion states that, “The acceleration of an object is directly proportional to the net force acting on the object and inversely proportional to the object’s mass” (Serway Faughn). The heavier an object with a force acting on it the lower the acceleration is. To find the net force, one would multiply the mass by the acceleration. A hitter establishes a net external force when they attack a ball. The harder a ball is hit increases the acceleration and causes a stronger net external force.
The third law of motion states that, “If two objects interact, the magnitude of the force exerted on object one by object two is equal to the magnitude of the force simultaneously exerted on object two by object one, and these two forces are ...
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...y where one could participate in the actions or see the actions happen, it makes it less difficult to understand. If one understands physics they can use the equations to calculate the velocity, displacement, acceleration, etc. of the ball or the player. Grasping physics through something that interests an individual can make learning easier and more fun.
Sister MaryAnn Tarquinio
16 November 2015
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