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Video of a Real Tennis Ball in Flight

Here is a video clip of a tennis ball being thrown through the air. The path of the tennis ball is a funny upside-down "U" called a parabola. Check out the "overlap" frame to see it. Any object, thrown into the air near the surface of the earth, will follow such a path. The shape of the path can be altered by changing the launch angle and speed.

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