Which Bounces Higher a Steel Ball or a Rubber Ball?

SURPRISE! It’s a steel ball! When a steel ball hits a hard surface, like the ground, it dents just like a rubber ball. But the steel ball snaps back into shape much faster than a rubber ball.

It is the snapping back into shape that makes any ball bounce, so since the steel ball snaps back into shape faster than a rubber one, it bounces higher.

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Karen Hill is a freelance writer, editor, and columnist. Born in New York, her work has appeared in the Examiner, Yahoo News, Buzzfeed, among others.

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