Golf Science Fair Project: Temperature and Rebound
The temperature of an object can greatly change what that object can do! In this case, a golf ball can be heated or cooled in order to explore the effects of its temperature on its total elasticity. Elasticity refers to the ability of an object to return to its original shape after being warped. Rubber bouncy balls have very high elasticities, enabling them to push hard off of any surface they strike when they return to their original shapes. This is why they bounce so high!
For this golf science fair project, we will see if boiling and freezing golf balls changes their capacity to bounce. Which set of golf balls do you think will bounce the highest? Will boiling or freezing the golf balls have any affect on their ability to rebound, or bounce, back up in the air?
Warning is hereby given that not all Project Ideas are appropriate for all individuals or in all circumstances. Implementation of any Science Project Idea should be undertaken only in appropriate settings and with appropriate parental or other supervision. Reading and following the safety precautions of all materials used in a project is the sole responsibility of each individual. For further information, consult your state's handbook of Science Safety.