Magnetic net and a bouncing magnetic ball

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Motivated by observing a tennis ball bounce off of a tennis racket we envision a parallel scenario where a magnetic ball bounces off a virtual magnetic net. A steady DC current in a closed horizontal loop casts the invisible elastic magnetic net. Contrary to a mechanical net the magnetic net continuously stays in contact with the magnetic ball. By adjusting the relevant parameters we seek for steady bounces. The equation describing the oscillation is a highly nonlinear differential equation and is symbolically unsolvable. Deploying Mathematica [1] we solve the equation numerically conducive to kinematics. Inclusion of viscosity generalizes the scope of the analysis resulting modified kinematics. We include also a 3D animation simulating the nonlinear oscillations of the magnetic ball.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationComputational Science and Its Applications - 12th International Conference, ICCSA 2012, Proceedings
Number of pages11
EditionPART 1
StatePublished - Jul 23 2012
Event12th International Conference on Computational Science and Its Applications, ICCSA 2012 - Salvador de Bahia, Brazil
Duration: Jun 18 2012Jun 21 2012

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
NumberPART 1
Volume7333 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Other12th International Conference on Computational Science and Its Applications, ICCSA 2012
CitySalvador de Bahia

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • General Computer Science


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