# How much air pressure should a basketball have in it?

May 17, 2019 Off By idswater

## How much air pressure should a basketball have in it?

An NBA regulation ball is inflated to between 7.5 and 8.5 psi. By regulating a basketball’s air pressure, the NBA can ensure fair playing conditions. As this activity illustrated, the ball’s internal air pressure determines how it bounces.

## How does air pressure affect the bounce of a basketball?

This basic physical law has serious real-world implications for the bounce of a basketball. When the air temperature around a basketball increases, the pressure inside the ball increases. When the air temperature decreases, so does ball pressure.

## What happens if a basketball doesn’t bounce properly?

If you have a ball that doesn’t bounce properly, the immediate problem is that it will affect your game. The problem we’ll attempt to solve during the course of this experiment, however, deals with air pressure. Air pressure, simply put, is the push that air has against all surfaces that it touches.

## How tall should a basketball be when inflated to 8 psi?

Follow these steps to conduct your experiment: Drop a basketball inflated to 8 psi from a height of 6 feet (1.8 meters). Be sure that the bottom of the ball-not the top-is at the 6-feet line when you drop it. Observe, mark, and measure the height of the ball’s bounce, remembering to measure at the top of the ball. Record your measurement.

## How do you know how much air is in a basketball?

Be sure that the bottom of the ball-not the top-is at the 6-feet line when you drop it. Observe, mark, and measure the height of the ball’s bounce, remembering to measure at the top of the ball. Record your measurement. Repeat steps one and two twice, recording your results as you go. Using the air pump with the pressure gauge]

## How does air pressure affect a basketball shot?

As far as shooting goes, the air pressure in a basketball has little effect on its trajectory. On the other hand it may affect how the ball bounces. A really low pressured ball will probably not bounce as high as one fully pressured.

## Why does it matter how much air is in a basketball?

The more air there is in a contained area, the greater the air pressure. Specifically, we’ll try to determine what amount of air pressure in a basketball makes the ball (and hopefully the person using the ball) perform best.

If you have a ball that doesn’t bounce properly, the immediate problem is that it will affect your game. The problem we’ll attempt to solve during the course of this experiment, however, deals with air pressure. Air pressure, simply put, is the push that air has against all surfaces that it touches.

## How much pressure do you need to put on a basketball?

According to NBA rules, the pressure inside a basketball must be between 7.5 and 8.5 lbs. You can use this as a guide for your own basketball pressure. Another simple test is to drop the ball from shoulder height.