The Physics of a Spike When spiking the ball, you want to apply a very large impulse to the ball so that the ball will have a very large velocity when it is hit to the other side. You want to make the ball’s contact with your hand as long as possible.
A few weeks ago our volleyball coach telephoned me with a problem: How high should a player jump to “spike” a “set” ball so it would clear the net and land at a known distance on the other side of ...
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The approach for volleyball is to get horizontal movement, usually by running, and then transfer that motion into a vertical movement by landing on two feet and pushing hard on the floor with the hitter’s legs. These are all ways in which physics relates to serving.
In Volleyball, the force is the player and the object is the ball. When the player hits, spikes, or serves the ball it moves in the direction in which the force has been applied. Hopefully, that direction will be over the net, when spiking or serving, and to the target when bumping. Velocity: Velocity is the speed of movement.
In this case, the hand of Rachel Iaquinello exerted a force on the volleyball to spike it toward the force meter, which measured the force that the ball hit the meter at. The force meter measured the force it was hit at, and the data was transsferred to Logger Pro and turned into a graph.
A volleyball spike or attack is the strategy used to send the ball over the net to the opponent in such a manner that ball is not returnable. The spike is performed by moving the arm in a way such that you angle the ball to land on the ground of your opponent's side of the court. Usually a spike is hit with great force at a downward angle.
I think the best example of velocity during volleyball is a spike, because every part of the spike is dependent upon velocity. Starting from the approach, to the arm swing, and even the follow through. First the hitter must gain velocity by taking an approach, usually about three step advance toward the net.
Volleyball players have a frequent displacement and so does the ball itself. As the ball moves from one player to another and from one side of the net to the other, displacement is occurring. Projectile Motion- A volleyball being set, served, or passed, moves in two dimensions, both up and forward.