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The dynamics of a bouncing superball with spin

Aston, Philip J. and Shail, Ronald (2007) The dynamics of a bouncing superball with spin Dynamical Systems, 22 (3). pp. 291-322. ISSN 1468-9367


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When a superball is thrown forwards but with backspin, it is observed to reverse both direction and spin for a few bounces before settling to bouncing motion in one direction. The bouncing ball is modelled by a two-dimensional iterated map in terms of the horizontal velocity and spin immediately after each bounce. The asymptotic motion of this system is easily determined. However, of more interest is the transient behaviour. The two-dimensional linear map is reduced to a one-dimensional nonlinear map and this map is used to determine the number of direction and spin reversals that can occur for given initial conditions. The model is then generalised to describe a ball bouncing up and down a single step or successively down a staircase.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences > Mathematics
Authors :
Aston, Philip
Date : 11 October 2007
Identification Number : 10.1080/14689360701198142
Uncontrolled Keywords : Bouncing ball, spin, direction reversal, spin reversal, staircase.
Additional Information : This is a pre-press version of an article published in Dynamical Systems, 22, 291-322. Click here to access the published version. © 2007 Taylor and Francis Group.
Depositing User : Mr Adam Field
Date Deposited : 27 May 2010 14:42
Last Modified : 23 Sep 2013 18:33

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