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June 9, 2015 AT 12:00 pm

The Physics of Baseball: How Far Can You Throw? #makereducation

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Scientific American posted a fun new lesson that merges your baseball cap with your thinking cap.

Have you ever seen a long, game-winning pass in a football game, a baseball player throw in a ball from way out in the outfield or a soccer goalie punt a ball all the way down the field? All of these actions involve a player trying to throw or kick a ball as far as possible. There is some science behind these throws and kicks. And sometimes it is all about the angle. The angle can affect just how far a throw or a kick can carry a ball. Should you make a shallow throw (straight out, parallel to the ground), a steep throw (throwing the ball high up in the air) or something in between? Try this sports science project to find out!

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