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Offline annachy

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In baseball, a pitcher can control the way the ball will curve, by putting a spin on it when he releases the ball from his hand. how this can be done??

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Offline RD

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Re: In baseball, how does the pitcher put a spin on the ball?
« Reply #1 on: 30/03/2013 00:01:02 »
This looks like a homework question , so I'll be brief ... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magnus_effect

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Re: In baseball, how does the pitcher put a spin on the ball?
« Reply #2 on: 30/03/2013 06:39:57 »
The effect is more obvious with a less massive ball, so try throwing a ping pong ball outdoors with a spin on it. By changing the angle of the spin axis, you can control the direction that the spin deflects the ball.
 

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Re: In baseball, how does the pitcher put a spin on the ball?
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