Archive for Newtonian Mechanics

Hang Time of a Leap

Have you ever watched an athlete leap into the air and they appear to float for a long time.? We can watch Ballet Dancers and Basketball Players do this; but what is going on?

This is a commented on phenomena that shows the subtlety in analyzing physics equations. It has been said that a good athlete appears to float in mid-air. The equations of motion for free fall hint at this but let us play with the equations to see this more clearly.

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