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PBS Learning Media: Basketball Physics

By combining a background essay and discussion questions with a video from Dragonfly, this PBS science resource investigates the physics of basketball. Experiment with the ball and hand position when you begin a shot to see how it affects the shot. Does your position on the court help you make a more accurate shot? Keep track of your shooting percentage to find your “sweet spot.” How does backspin work in making an accurate shot? Use science to find the difference between a “soft” shot and a “brick.”

courtesy of Knovation