Holding A Ball's Potential Energy And Its Effect On The Court

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Part of dribbling also has to do with potential energy, the ability to do work by virtue of position and kinetic energy, the energy of motion (Bushong, 2012, p.4). When holding the ball in your hands the ball has Potential Energy, and while dribbling, a force is being added to the ball that changes from potential energy to kinetic energy (Compton, 2015). Again this is where Newton’s third law comes into play by producing an equal and opposite force against the court, returning the ball back to your hand. The law of conservation of energy states, “energy can be neither created nor destroyed, but in can be transformed from one form to another” ” (Bushong, 2012, p.57). This is exactly what’s happening when the ball impacts the court, on the
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