How High Can a Super Ball Bounce?
Mechanical engineers select materials that meet their design needs based on their properties, which might include coefficient of friction, restitution, elasticity, structural strength, melting point, etc. Scientists and engineers also need standardized ways to describe material properties and carry out repeatable experiments that take into account real-world variability that can come into play for specific measurement attempts. Scientists and engineers often need to extrapolate their measurements to estimate what would happen under more extreme conditions. They use known patterns to make predictions (not random guesses).
NGSS AlignmentThis lesson helps students prepare for these Next Generation Science Standards Performance Expectations:
Area of Science
bounce, motion, rebound height, elasticity, ratios, measurement
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