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# How is basketball related to science?

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The movements of the ball in a game of basketball are related to science, as theories of projective motion and gravity explain its movements. Also, the way a ball reacts to a player pushing it depends on properties of energy and momentum.

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When a ball bounces, potential energy converts to kinetic energy and then back to potential energy. However, when coming back up after the bounce, the law of conservation of energy means the ball loses energy, causing it not to bounce back as high as it started. As a player pushes a ball back down again, energy is restored to the ball. When a ball is thrown, it is possible to calculate its trajectory using projective motion calculations.

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The mass of a basketball varies between 12 ounces and 22 ounces. There are different sizes of basketballs for men's, women's and youth games, as well as mini-balls for small kids.

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The weight of a standard basketball is 20-22 ounces when fully inflated. However, the size and weight of a basketball typically depends on the age, gender or skill level of the player.

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Basketball was invented in Springfield, Mass., at a YMCA training school in December 1891 by Dr. James Naismith. Dr. Naismith, an instructor at the school, was looking for an athletic distraction for students while confined indoors during the cold New England winter.