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Hit the Spot!

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Hit the Spot!

This is a hands-on activity about the physics of tennis. Learners will discover that physics plays a big part in tennis, no matter what their skill level might be. The activity has learners investigate how the angle of their racket affects ball trajectory as they try to hit homemade targets. Best done outside, or in a large gym. [Activity is publicly available through a web crawler capture on Activity write-up only, images are unavailable.]

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
30 to 45 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$10 - $20 per student

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 14

Resource Type:


Materials List (per student)

  • A wall and a large hard/concrete surface outside (like a garage door and a driveway)
  • A tennis racket
  • A tennis ball
  • A tape measure or meter stick
  • 5 sheets of paper
  • Masking tape
  • Magic marker
  • A stopwatch (optional)


  • Physical Sciences
    • Motion and Forces
      • Momentum and Velocity
      • Acceleration
      • Projectile Motion

Informal Categories

  • Outdoor Activity
  • Physical Activity
  • Sports and Exercise


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • be mobile
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Access Rights:

  • Free access


Source Collection:

  • TryScience


  • All Rights Reserved, The Franklin Institute,


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