The Physics of Tennis
Background: A friendly game of tennis is being played.
Camera: pans away from the game and zooms to Sunne.
Sunne: Hello, my name is Sunne. Today, my group, which consists of
Ravi, Gramh, Whitney and myself, will portray how physics plays an
essential role in one specific aspect of tennis. This aspect is the
tennis racquet itself, which can only be mastered when the physics of
it is completely understood. In this video, we will show you an actual
tennis match, a couple of candid interviews, and much more about the
physics behind tennis.
II. Overview (general concept)
Background: any calm place.
Camera: zoomed on Sunne.
Sunne: A tennis racquet, similar to a baseball and cricket bat, has
two "sweet spots". To win any tennis match the physics involved in the
usage of a tennis racquet must be understood. If a ball impacts at
either of these spots, the force transmitted to the hand is so small
that the player is almost unaware that the impact has occurred. If the
ball impacts at a point well away from the "sweet spots", the impact
can be quite painful. One of the "sweet spots" is the vibration node,
located near the center of the strings.
Point to the first spot.
The other "sweet spot" is called the center of percussion (COP).
Point to the second spot.
A. Coach Manzo.
Background: Tennis Courts.
Camera: zoom to fit manzo in a full screen and zoomed to Sunne when
she asks the question.
* What is your job on the ACHS boy's tennis team?
* How long have you played tennis, throughout your life?
* How long have you been head coach of the tennis team?
* Would you agree that there is a certain art to hitting the tennis
ball with the racquet itself?
* Can you please point out where the ball should be hit on the
* Can you please point out any spot at which a person should not hit
the ball with the racquet?
* What would happen if the ball was hit from this point on the