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 If you've ever played or watched basketball, you might already know that your chances of successfully banking a shot on the backboard are higher in certain positions on the basketball court, even when keeping the distance from the hoop the same. Ever wondered what would account for this? Do you think you could actually explain this using geometry? This science project will put your knowledge of geometry and algebra to good use. You will calculate and quantify how much more difficult it is to… Read more
Sports_p064
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 Time Required Short (2-5 days) Prerequisites You should have a familiarity with basic algebra. Material Availability Readily available Cost Very Low (under \$20) Safety No issues
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 In baseball, coaches use hit charts to track the results of every hit each player makes, giving a measure of the player's performance. Have you ever wondered what things affect where a baseball goes when a player hits it with a bat? In this project you will set up an experiment to hit a ping pong ball in a controlled manner using a toy catapult, then learn about the physics of baseball by making your own hit chart. Read more
Sports_p060
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 Time Required Average (6-10 days) Prerequisites To do this project, you should understand what a coordinate system is and know how to make a simple scatter plot. Material Availability This science project requires a kit available from the Science Buddies . See the Materials and Equipment list for details. Estimated project time includes shipping. Cost Average (\$40 - \$80) Safety Never launch projectiles at people or animals. Be careful not to get your fingers caught in the moving parts of the catapult.
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 Playing basketball can be hard work. Players not only constantly run around the court, but just dribbling the basketball takes a lot of effort, too. Why is that? It has to do with how the basketball bounces. When the ball hits the court, its bounce actually loses momentum by transferring some of its energy into a different form. This means that to keep the ball bouncing, players must continually put more energy into the ball. In this sports science project, you will determine how high a… Read more
Sports_p037
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 Time Required Very Short (≤ 1 day) Prerequisites None Material Availability Readily available. See the Materials and Equipment list for details. Cost Very Low (under \$20) Safety No issues
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 Many sports use a ball in some way or another. We throw them, dribble them, hit them, kick them, and they always bounce back! What makes a ball so bouncy? In this experiment you can investigate the effect of air pressure on ball bouncing. Read more
Sports_p007
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 Time Required Very Short (≤ 1 day) Prerequisites None Material Availability Readily available Cost Very Low (under \$20) Safety No issues
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 Have you ever noticed that when you drop a basketball, its bounce does not reach the height you dropped it from? Why is that? When a basketball bounces, such as on a basketball court, its bounce actually loses momentum by transferring energy elsewhere. This means that to dribble the basketball, players must continually replace the transferred energy by pushing down on the ball. But what happens to the "lost" energy? As we know from physics, energy is not really lost, it just changes form. One… Read more
Sports_p038
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 Time Required Short (2-5 days) Prerequisites Must be able to dribble a basketball 100 times in a row quickly. Material Availability An infrared thermometer is required to do this science project. See the Materials and Equipment list for details on where to buy one. Cost Low (\$20 - \$50) Safety No issues
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 Swish! What a great sound when you hit the perfect shot and get nothing but net. Here's a project to get you thinking about how you can make that perfect shot more often. Read more
Sports_p010
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 Time Required Average (6-10 days) Prerequisites None Material Availability Readily available Cost Very Low (under \$20) Safety No issues
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 Have you ever been annoyed by poor Wi-Fi reception for your phone, tablet, or laptop? Do you wish there was something you could do about it? In this project you will learn how to build a parabolic reflector that you can attach to the antenna of a regular wireless router to help boost its signal. Read more
CompSci_p010
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 Time Required Short (2-5 days) Prerequisites None Material Availability This project requires a Wi-Fi router and a smartphone, tablet, or laptop with a Wi-Fi connection. You will also need access to a printer to print the parabolic template. See the Materials and Equipment list for details. Cost Very Low (under \$20) Safety No issues
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 In physics class, you have probably rolled your eyes at some point after being assigned a "projectile motion" homework problem where you use equations to predict how a ball will move through the air. This experiment will show you just how fun that problem can be by using a real catapult to launch a ball and videotaping it as it flies along its path. Then, you will analyze the video and compare it to what the equations predicted. If you have ever wondered if those equations in your physics… Read more
Phys_p089
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 Time Required Average (6-10 days) Prerequisites This project requires a basic understanding of algebra, trigonometry (sine and cosine functions), and physics (kinematics—two-dimensional projectile motion), or the willingness to learn about these subjects on your own. Material Availability This project requires access to a video camera (not included in the cost estimate) and the purchase of a catapult kit. (See the Materials and Equipment list for details.) Cost Average (\$40 - \$80) Safety Minor injury possible. Never aim the catapult at anyone, and keep your hands and fingers clear of the moving catapult arm when launching the catapult.
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 You may have seen movies or read books where armies in medieval times catapulted large rocks or other objects at castles (or each other!). These armies used different types of catapults to accomplish different goals — for example, launching things over or into castle walls to knock them down. In this experiment, you will use a ping-pong ball catapult to lay siege to a "castle" and find the right settings to hit your targets. Read more
Phys_p085
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 Time Required Average (6-10 days) Prerequisites None Material Availability Specialty items. See the Materials and Equipment list for details. Cost Low (\$20 - \$50) Safety Minor injury possible. Keep your fingers clear when launching the catapult. Do not aim the catapult at people.
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 What can you do with magnets and ball bearings that makes a lot of noise? Why, build a magnetic rifle, called a Gauss rifle, of course! Now, this rifle is not a weapon, but a way for you to learn a lot more about physics concepts, like momentum. In this physics science project, you will investigate how far a ball bearing launched by a Gauss rifle will fly, depending on how many magnetic acceleration stages are in the rifle and the ball bearing's initial velocity. This science project makes for… Read more
Phys_p081
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 Time Required Average (6-10 days) Prerequisites None Material Availability For your convenience a kit is available for this project from the Cost Low (\$20 - \$50) Safety A Gauss rifle can produce high velocity projectiles. Do not aim the gun at anyone or anything; do not put your hand in front of the projectile. Operate the Gauss rifle safely. Be sure to read the important safety notes at the beginning of the Experimental Procedure before you begin. Scissors or other metal objects may be attracted to the magnets; use caution when using metal objects near the magnets.
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