World of Sports

Part of the Springer Undergraduate Texts in Mathematics and Technology book series (SUMAT)


In this chapter, we will show that the motion of various moving objects in the world of sports is governed by nonlinear dynamics. Examples will include, but not be limited to, a curveball thrown by a major league pitcher, a soccer ball (football, outside North America) kicked by a professional footballer, a golf ball hit by a PGA player, auto racing, and archery. We begin by briefly looking at the aerodynamics of sports balls.


Drag Coefficient Lift Coefficient Terminal Velocity Critical Reynolds Number Tennis Ball 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhysicsSimon Fraser UniversityBurnabyCanada

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