The Physics of Bowling

by

Sally J. Hill

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Bowling Speed



This lesson is designed to provide only a basic understanding on one of the physics of bowling by examining the speed of a ball going down the lane.

  1. distance
  2. speed
  3. time
  4. acceleration










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Materials needed:

plastic (child's toy) bowling ball annpins

stop watches

flat hard surface (15ft in length)



Activity:

In a hallway, have your class divided in half. Have each have to line the hallway on either side of area (flat hard surface) to be used for demonstration of the lesson. Release the bowling ball ( allow to roll approximately 15ft). (If possible have plastic bowling pins or plastic bottles set up at the end of the surface) Then have student volunteers to repeat the procdess. Have the students to time the roll and observe what has taken place. Return to the classroom. Review speed:

V=D /T



Conclusion:

Student will use their notes to make a distance / time graph chart of what happened when the ball was rolled.

NAME

DISTANCE

TIME

SPEED (ft per second)

MRS. HILL

15 FT

23 SECONDS

0.49

STUDENT 1

14.25 FT

25 SECONDS

0.57

STUDENT 2

12 FT

20 SECONDS

0.6

STUDENT 3

15 FT

18.5 SECONDS

0.81





Student Challenge:

Go to your local bowling alley and practice rolling/throwing the ball – have a friend to time the speed, record the information and report back to class.





Evaluation:

  1. Based on the class activity, define speed.

  2. Write a definiton for the following words: speed, time, distance.




  1. Physics of Bowling: http://www.topendsports.com/sport/tenpin/physics.htm#speed
  2. Seabaygame: http://www.seabaygame.com

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