All events start at 6 pm and take place at:
22 S 3rd St, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106
Monday May 14, 2018
The Physics of Baseball
Spring is finally here, and a young man’s fancy turns to thoughts of baseball. This presentation will cover some of the physics behind routine and not-so-routine baseball plays. Topics include the bat-ball collision, the trajectory of airborne balls, throwing home from the outfield, and the optimal base-running path. Along the way, we’ll address questions such as “Why do curve balls curve?” “How important is the follow through in a swing?” and “Why are there so many home runs in Denver?” After a short presentation there will be plenty of time for questions, discussion, and to reminisce about the 2008 World Series.
About the speaker:
Scott Paulson is an associate professor of physics and director of Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. His background is in materials science and nanotechnology, but more recently he spends his time working to address the crisis of the shortage of secondary science teachers. He doesn’t miss an opportunity to talk about the intersection of his professional interest in physics with his hobbies, such as cooking and sports.
May’s event is hosted by the Wagner Free Institute of Science.