# Frequent question: How do Newton’s laws affect basketball?

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## How does Newton’s third law affect basketball?

For example, when you bounce a basketball on the ground, the force of the basketball pushing down to the ground is equal and opposite to the force of the basketball pushing back up when it bounces.

## Which of Newton’s laws explains why a basketball bounces?

According to Newton’s Third Law, the wall will exert an equal and opposite force to the ball. Thus, how would the ball be able to bounce back?

## How does the law of inertia apply to basketball?

Law of Inertia

When a basketball player shoots, it would appear that there is nothing to obstruct the ball. However, several external forces act upon the ball. Were it not for these forces, the ball would continue to travel in its current direction.

## How does projectile motion relate to basketball?

When a someone throws a basketball toward the hoop, the basketball goes through projectile motion, because it moves along a curved path under the influence of gravity only.

## How does Newton’s second law apply to a bouncing ball?

As the surface of the ball impacts the wall the centre of gravity slows down, which means its momentum drops. (It also means that the wall or the ball or both must deform during the impact) Newton’s second law requires that momentum can only change if there is an external force applied and this comes from the wall.

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## How does Newton’s third law apply to sports?

Newton’s third law explains how many sports injuries are caused. The more force you use to a hit a tennis ball, the more reaction force your arm receives from the racket. Every time your feet hit the ground when you are running, the ground hits your feet with an equal and opposite force.

## How does this ball bouncing relate to Newton’s law of action reaction?

Newton’s Third Law of Motion: Action-Reaction

The reaction force is when the ball bounces up from the ground or bounces back from the object it was thrown at. This example relates to Newton’s third law because it follows the rules of the law. For every time the ball is dropped (action) it bounces back (reaction.)