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How does temperature affect the materials of a basketball?

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2009-10-15 23:52:43
2009-10-15 23:52:43

Im not a scientist but i think this might help.

Heat causes rubber to expand and weaken. the pressure inside the ball caused by the amount of air is no longer contained by the spherical rubber shape and the air will push out on the rubber and cause a lump or disformation of the ball.

Also if the air in the ball is heated it will expand making it less dense and slightly ligher but it not make much of a difference without being noticeable.

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