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Gravitational Assist Slingshot Experiment : Freddie H, Year 10

Aim
My aim was to measure a simplified, one dimensional, version of the slingshot affect used to increase the velocity of a spacecraft. I measured the drop height of two balls, one substantially bigger than the other. I then released them and after they were reflected off the ground, measured the height the smaller ball went to. The bigger ball gave the smaller ball a “kick”, due to conservation of momentum, accelerating the ball and increasing its final velocity meaning that the ball was able to travel higher than its original drop height.

Method
In this experiment I dropped a yellow tennis ball, of radius 3.25, on top of a size 5 football, of radius 10.95, with a rubber washer, of thickness 3mm, inner radius of 1cm and an outer radius of 1.65cm, separating them. I dropped the balls from varying heights between 37. 25cm and 116.35cm.

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