Newton, Pinball, and Abuse–Oh, My!

8 Jan


Newton’s third law of motion (one of three physical laws), can be summed up simply: For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.

Think about a ball bouncing around in a pinball machine. The ball is first acted upon by the player forcing it through the entry shoot. The ball cannot stop “reacting” and bouncing from one obstacle to the next until it makes its way to the bottom of the machine. Many times, even after making it to the bottom and close to the exit hole, the ball is acted upon by a skilled player adept at using the paddles. The ball relentlessly gets knocked back into play. Eventually, the player and the paddles fail to make contact, and the game finally ends. The ball escapes play.

The game of pinball explained using Newton’s third law of motion is the perfect analogy of abuse. The ball is…

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