Bouncing balls

A tennis ball rests directly on top of a cannon ball, which has a much larger mass, i.e. McannonballMtennis.M_\textrm{cannonball} \gg M_\textrm{tennis}.

When the balls are dropped, to what height (in cm\si{\centi\meter}) will the bottom of the tennis ball bounce?


Details and Assumptions:

  • The bottom of the cannon ball starts at a height of h=60 cmh = \SI{60}{\centi\meter} from the ground, and the cannon ball has diameter d=30 cmd=\SI{30}{\centi\meter}.
  • All collisions are perfectly elastic, and wind resistance is ignored.
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