Q:

Why does gravity do almost no work on a bowling ball rolled along an alley?

A:

Quick Answer

Gravity does almost no work on a bowling ball rolling along an alley because the ball is not moving in the direction of gravity. Work, as defined by physics, is a function of both force and distance traveled in the direction of the force.

Continue Reading

Full Answer

If a bowling ball rolls down a hill, then gravity does work on the ball because the ball is traveling in the direction of gravity. Interestingly, while the bowling ball is rolling down the alley, there also is very little work being done on it by the person who threw the ball. All of the work occurs before the ball is released when the bowler is throwing the ball. Once the ball leaves the bowler's hand, however, that person can't exert force or do work on the ball anymore.

Learn more about Atmosphere

Related Questions

  • Q:

    What is the most common wind direction?

    A:

    The most common wind direction in the United States is from the south, based upon data collected from 300 National Weather Service stations. Prevailing winds are defined as the most frequent wind direction observed in one place over a certain period of time.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What is a jet stream?

    A:

    Jet streams are areas of high winds that flow in a westerly direction on Earth. Occurring about 7 miles above the surface of the Earth, the jet streams do not take a consistent path because the flow of wind moves about slightly, altering the weather patterns as it does so. At times, slivers of wind may break away from the main flow and only rejoin the jet stream later.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What are some tips on choosing a good bowling alley?

    A:

    When choosing a good bowling alley, a person should consider how many lanes the bowling alley has, the location of the bowling alley and its convenience to a person's home, the cost to bowl and rent shoes, and the extra features that the bowling alley has to offer, such as a cocktail lounge, restaurant or party rooms. What makes a bowling alley good to one person might be different than what classifies a good bowling alley to someone else.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What are some bowling ball drilling layouts?

    A:

    The arcing layout, the early rolling layout and the flip layout are examples of basic bowling ball drilling layouts. BowlingBallGalaxy.com recommends the arcing layout for the typical bowler. When the ball is drilled, the pin is placed under the ring finger. The center of gravity is in line with the pin, angling toward the thumb, on a symmetrical bowling ball. On asymmetrical balls, the side with greater mass sits under the thumb and in line with the pin.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore