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Physics Class vs. Spring Training?
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Physics Class vs. Spring Training?

What does physics have to do with baseball? More than meets the eye. Physical laws are behind everything from a swing-and-a-miss to a grand slam.

Discover why hitting a baseball is one of the hardest feats in modern sports, the crucial role the windup plays in a pitcher's fastball, and more about the physics of America's favorite pastime.

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How to Curve a Baseball

How to Curve a Baseball

The best pitchers know how to use aerodynamics to throw their opponents a curve. See how a baseball's spin can be controlled by angling its seams and controlling the axis of rotation. More...

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Veritasium
Hunter Pence’s “Triple Double”

Hunter Pence’s “Triple Double”

What does a "triple double" look like? Watch Hunter Pence's amazing, bat-breaking hit during Game 7 of the 2012 National League Championship Series. More...

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Alan M. Nathan
Minimizing Handle Forces

Minimizing Handle Forces

Grab a bat, a ball, and a friend and figure out how to find the "center of percussion" sweet spot. Trust us, your stinging hands will thank you. More...

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Exploratorium
Physics Debunks Baseball Myths

Physics Debunks Baseball Myths

Where do you go to find out that humidity reduces the distance a baseball can be hit ? The "Bat Lab," of course! Check out some of the myths they've debunked. More...

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Discovery
Playlist: The Physics of Baseball

Playlist: The Physics of Baseball

Why do pitchers need such a big windup? How does a fielder know where to stop and wait to catch the ball? Sit back and watch some smart baseball — it might just improve your game. More...

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Out of the Park: The Physics of Baseball

Out of the Park: The Physics of Baseball

Why does a curveball curve? What does hitting a baseball have to do with Newton's third law of motion? Watch this video and find out. More...

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KQED
The Magnus Force

The Magnus Force

What do a cannon ball and a baseball have in common? Both are round, spinning objects subject to a "Magus Force" — the friction between the air and an object's surface. See it in action. More...

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Veritasium
What Happens When Ball Meets Bat?

What Happens When Ball Meets Bat?

Watch — in slow motion — what happens when a 100 mph baseball hits a metal baseball bat. At that speed, it's not just the ball that gets flattened. More...

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Penn State
Baseball Physics: Anatomy of a Home Run

Baseball Physics: Anatomy of a Home Run

What does it take to pound a baseball into the cheap seats? Examine ball spin, bat speed and mass, and a sweet spot that's actually more of a zone. More...

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Popular Mechanics
Baseball: From Pitch to Hits

Baseball: From Pitch to Hits

When you step up to home plate, you might not expect a physics lesson. But read on to discover how gravity, drag, friction, and other forces all influence the game of baseball. More...

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Science News for Students
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Field Equations: The Physics of Baseball

Field Equations: The Physics of Baseball

How does a nuclear physicist become a baseball physicist? Love of the game. Professor Alan Nathan explains his transformation...and the mysterious "gyroball," More...

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Scientific American

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