Baseball, Arcs and Exponential Growth

On the homepage of the website, I have enjoyed scrolling through the different categories like Patterns, to look at the different examples and to think about where else one might see those same forms at different scales.

While watching a lot of baseball, it has been fun to guess when the baseball is hit what kind of curve it will make across the ballpark – based on the angle and speed of the ball coming from the pitcher, and the sound of the crack of the bat and the angle of the hitter.

The arc when it is slow and steady travels very far like a home run – which is sort of like an upside down version of linear growth. Or the arc when it is very high and fast travels just a short distance like a popped up fly ball which is more like an upside down version of exponential growth.

Furthermore, at 10+2 one could compare  the similarities of the arcs that a ball makes whether it is a tennis ball, golf ball, football, volleyball or soccer ball. Yet at 10-1 look at the differences based how the shape of the ball changes how the air moves over it when it travels through the air Рsee which ones are more aerodynamic.

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  1. Posted November 18, 2010 at 12:01 am | Permalink

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