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Physics and sports. Is there any relationship between the two? What theories can be used in their relationship? If anybody has done a report on this topic, it would be helpful if you could tell me what you found out about the two. Thank you.



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Of course they are related, because sports are PHYSICal. That is not just semantics. Sports is objects in motion, forces, energy, work, power, speed, balance, etc.. All of these are physics. Anything that exists in space and time is physics. Some famous studies are the physics of a curve ball in baseball, the forces on a race car going around a turn, the compressibility and elasticity of bone when a practitioner of karate breaks a board. The entire study of aerodynamics for everything from race cars to ski jumpers also comes to mind




There are a couple of books that you might want to look up. I believe one recent one is "The Physics of Baseball" or something like that...


Arthur Smith remembers well; there is a book entitled "The Physics of Baseball" by Robert Kemp Adair. Other titles: "Keep your eye on the ball : the science and folklore of baseball" by Robert G. Watts and Terry Bahill; "The Physics of sports", edited by Angelo Armenti, Jr.; and "Have a Ball" by A. Harris Stone and Bertram M. Siegel. (These are all books.) All but the last of these are a bit technical. Of the last book (which is in the "juvenile literature" section of Iowa State University's library) the online card catalog says the book describes experiments which "explain the distinctive features of a golf ball, tennis ball, ping pong ball, softball, baseball, and other spheres." Additionally, there is the field called kinesiology, which considers (among other things) the physics of human movement.

Rcwinther



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