January 30, 2014
Yes, splat balls are fun, but if you film them in slow motion they are AWESOME!
When a regular ball is dropped the majority of its motion energy transfers into the “springy-ness” of the ball and then transfers back into motion energy after the bounce. A ball filled with watery stuff is different. When it hits the ground it splats. That is why it’s called a splat ball:) This episode looks at where the energy goes and how much of it goes there.
Episode 5: the splat ball
Our green splat ball didn’t last too long. Maybe none of them do, but they are fun for a while. You can probably find them at a dollar store, I’ve never looked. Here are some cool looking ones from Amazon if you are interested:
Here is another slow motion video from You Tube that captures the motion nicely.
So, get yourself a splat ball and have some fun!