Bouncing Ball Animation using jQuery

by Vincy. Last modified on July 5th, 2023.

This article is to create a bouncing ball animation effect using jQuery. Just a quick fun post. This animation effect is created based on parameters like the bouncing count, speed, etc.

In a previous tutorial, we have seen more examples of working with jQuery animation. For example, jQuery background animation on page scroll, jQuery parallax slider, and more.

This example, it shows a table tennis ball on the bottom of a DIV element. On clicking the ball, the jQuery function will be called to create bouncing animation with the ball.

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The bouncing counts and the speed will be passed to this function. Based on these parameters, the bouncing height and the speed ratio will be calculated to animate the ball using jQuery animate().

The following image shows the screenshot of the bouns=cing ball animation example.


HTML Code and Styles of the Bouncing Ball

The following code shows the HTML and the styles used to display the bouncing ball image. The jQuery bouncing animation function will be triggered upon clicking the ball by referring to this image element.

#bouncing-ball {
	height: 100px;
	position: absolute;
	bottom: 0px;
	left: 50%;
	margin-left: -50px;

#outterDiv {
	height: 340px;
	background: #36a094;
	position: relative;

.banner-info {
	padding: 15px;
	color: #FFF;
<h1>Demo Bouncing Ball Animation using jQuery</h1>
<div id="outterDiv">
    <div class="banner-info">Click the ball to see the
        bouncing animation</div>
    <img id="bouncing-ball" src="bouncing-ball.png"></img>

jQuery Bouncing Animation Function

The following code shows the jquery function to create the bouncing animation effect on the ball image element. It receives the number of times the bouncing should happen and the bouncing speed as its parameters.

Using these parameters, the bouncing height is calculated for each bounce and set as the animation property using jQuery animate() function.

<script src="jquery-3.2.1.min.js"></script>
	function bounce(bouncingCount, speed) {
		var top = 200;
		var speedRatio = speed / top;
		var heightRatio = top / bouncingCount;

		for (var i = 1; i <= bouncingCount; i++) {
				'bottom' : top
			}, speed);
				'bottom' : 0
			}, speed / 2);
			top = top - (heightRatio);
			speed = speedRatio * top;

	$("#bouncing-ball").click(function() {
		bounce(10, 500);

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Written by Vincy, a web developer with 15+ years of experience and a Masters degree in Computer Science. She specializes in building modern, lightweight websites using PHP, JavaScript, React, and related technologies. Phppot helps you in mastering web development through over a decade of publishing quality tutorials.

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