Georgia Tech

Public Lecture: Baseball and Physics: "You Can Observe a Lot by Watching"

Event Details


  • Thursday, April 4, 2013 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Location: Clough Undergraduate Learning Commons. Rm. 152
Phone: (404) 894-8886
Fee(s): Free

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School of Physics Public Lecture: Presenting Alan Nathan, UIUC

Following Yogi Berra's advice, I will use high-speed video clips to highlight some of the interesting physics underlying the game of baseball.  The talk will focus on two broad aspects of the game:  the physics of the baseball-bat collision and the flight of the baseball through the air. I will investigate some very practical questions and show how a  physicist goes about trying to answer these question.  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; how determines how far a fly travels; how much does a curve ball break; and why is Mariano Rivera such a great pitcher.  My talk should have something for everybody, whether your interest is baseball, physics, or the connection between them.