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Project title Tennis court surface type and game speedFeatured science projectScience project video
Difficulty Level Middle school
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We've heard that some types of tennis courts are "faster" than others. Why are some competitions played on hard courts (eg. U.S. Open), whilst others (eg. Wimbledon) are played on grass? This science fair project was performed to determine how the surface of a tennis court affects the speed of the game. Testing was done on a clay, grass and asphalt tennis court surfaces.  

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1. For this science fair project, the independent variable is the type of tennis court used – clay, grass or asphalt. The dependent variable is the speed of the ball bouncing off the court surface. This is determined by counting the number of times the ball bounces off the surface within a certain period of time. The amount of time the ball is allowed to bounce is measured with a stop watch. The constants (control variables) are the racquet string tension, the tennis ball pressure and the tennis player’s experience/abilities. 2. The locations of 3 tennis courts, each made .....
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