Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Sport Science - The Physics of Home Runs

Last night Major League Baseball held its annual home run derby exhibition. The derby was won by "Big Papi" David Ortiz. During last night's broadcast of the event ESPN aired a short segment called Sport Science: The Home Run Derby. The segment explains the roles of the hitter's swing angle, the hitter's bat speed, and the speed of the pitched ball in determining how far a batted ball will travel in the air. The video of the segment is embedded below.

Applications for Education
Sport Science: The Home Run Derby could be a good way to get students who are interested in sports interested in a mathematics and physics lesson.

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