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Physics and Baseball: An Intersection of Passions

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Date and time Nov 13, 2014
from 04:10 PM to 05:00 PM
Location McLennan Physics (MP) 102
Host Arun Paramekanti

Alan Nathan

University of Illinois

NathanThe talk will focus on the subtleties of the baseball-bat collision, the intricacies of the flight of a baseball, and many other things. I will investigate some very practical questions and show how a physicist goes about trying to answer these questions. Some examples:

    What is the"sweet spot" of a bat?
    How does the batter's grip affect the batted ball?
    Why does aluminum outperform wood?
    What determines how far a fly ball travels?
    How much does a curve ball break?
    What's the deal with the knuckleball?

The talk should have something for everybody, whether your interest is baseball, physics, or the connection between them.

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