PURPOSE: To show transformation of energy from one form to another.
DESCRIPTION: Observe that the rebound of the superball is less when it is dropped on the metal shelving than when it is dropped onto a hard surface such as the floor. Discuss the possible forms of energy involved.
Do the same experiment with a ping pong ball; describe and explain any differences.
REFERENCES: (PIRA unavailable.)
EQUIPMENT: Steel shelf, superball, ping pong ball.
SETUP TIME: None.
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