## Physics Classroom visit: Using the Impulse Momentum Theorem to Calculate Final Jump Height

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Fellow John Drazan visited a regents physics classroom on Friday, February 6th to run a laboratory activity. Students were introduced to the material by using the impulse-momentum theorem in combination with the straight line motion equation to calculate the average force used by NBA players to dunk the basketball. They then used a vernier force plate system to record their own force vs time data. This data was used to calculate their take off velocity using the impulse-momentum theorem, which allowed students to calculate their maximum jump height. To serve as a control, students recorded their standing jump height using a marked chalkboard. Comparisons were made between the two methods of jump height calculation and students discussed the possible confounding factors such as differences in effort between the two jumps.