Newton's Laws of Motion

Newton's Laws of Motion

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  • Remember, class, you have a test on Newton's Laws of Motion tomorrow!
  • Man, Newton's Laws of Motion! Who cares about those? I mean, they can't help me in basketball, so why do they matter?
  • I'd better hurry up. I don't want to be late for basketball!
  • I mean, really, why do those dumb laws of motion matter? I don't even really understand them.
  • Don't worry about it, Ray.
  • The first law is like,  an object at rest will remain at rest until acted upon by an unbalanced force, and an object in motion will remain in motion unless acted upon by an unbalanced force, right?
  • But how is this useful for something important, like basketball?
  • Well, unless you pick up the ball and throw it, the basketball will not move. And when you shoot the ball, the ball would keep moving forever, until either gravity pulls it to the ground or it hits the backboard.
  • Yeah.
  • And the second law is Force= Mass x Acceleration, right?
  • And how can I use this for basketball?
  • Well, when you apply more force to the basketball, or throw it harder, the basketball goes further. The more mass the ball has, the more force it needs to accelerate further.
  • The third law is  for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction, right?
  • But how does Newton's third law apply to  basketball?
  • Well, when you jump to dunk the basketball into the hoop, you push down on the floor, which is the action force. The reaction force is the ground pushing back up on your feet, which allows you to jump up in the air and dunk!
  • Right.
  • Ok, but how can I apply that to something important, like basketball?
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