Baseball Physics: A New Mechanics Lab

Kasey Wagoner, Daniel Flanagan

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The game of baseball provides an interesting laboratory for experimenting with mechanical phenomena (there are many good examples in The Physics Teacher, available on Professor Alan Nathan's website, and discussed in Physics of Baseball & Softball). We have developed a lab, for an introductory-level physics course, that investigates many of these phenomena. The lab uses inexpensive, readily available equipment such as wooden baseball bats, baseballs, and actual Major League Baseball data. By the end of the lab, students have revisited many concepts they learned earlier in the semester and come away with an understanding of how to put seemingly disparate ideas together to analyze a fun sport.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)290-292
Number of pages3
JournalPhysics Teacher
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • General Physics and Astronomy


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