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Maker(s):Abbott, Berenice
Culture:American (1898-1991)
Title:The Science Pictures: Multiple Flash Photograph (Bouncing Ball)
Date Made:1982
Materials:Gelatin silver print
Measurements:Mat: 30 in x 24 in; 76.2 cm x 61 cm; Sheet: 19 1/4 in x 9 in; 48.9 cm x 22.9 cm
Narrative Inscription:  INSCRIPTION: recto, lwr. l. (pencil): 31/60; SIGNATURE: recto, lwr. r. (pencil): Berenice Abbott; INSCRIPTION: verso, ctr. (stamp, black ink): BERENICE ABBOTT / THE SCIENCE PICTURES; PARASOL PRESS LTD.1982 / ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
Accession Number:  MH 1983.21.4
Credit Line:Gift of Joseph R. and Ruth Lasser (Ruth H. Pollak, Class of 1947)
Museum Collection:  Mount Holyoke College Art Museum

Multiple exposure showing a golf ball bouncing across a surface.

Label Text:
The force of gravity on a dropped object pulls it towards the Earth, causing it to accelerate until it hits the ground and bounces back up. Bernice Abbott’s Bouncing Ball captures this effect on a ball falling through the air. The spacing between each captured moment of the ball's trajectory demonstrates its speed; as the spacings get farther apart, the ball begins to move faster. As the spacings get closer together, the ball slows down until it reaches the apex and begins to fall back to the Earth. Each bounce causes the ball to lose energy and rebound to a lower height. Eventually it will lose all of its energy and come to a complete stop on the ground.

-Ashley Cavanagh ’19, Society of Physics Students, Mount Holyoke College (Oct. 2017)

science; speed; movement; patterns; paths

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