Baseball Physics

Resources to help teach physics concepts through the lens of baseball.

In addition to the resources in this collection, students may find these sources helpful:

The Physics of Baseball: This University of Illinois site is dedicated to research on the physics of baseball. The high-speed video clips provide a cool way to show how a baseball reacts when hit by a bat, and how the energy transfer moves along the bat.

Fastball Reaction Time Activities by the Exploratorium

Ever wonder why a curveball curves, or what’s inside of a baseball? Find out here at the Exploratorium's Science of Baseball site.

Throughout the Science of Baseball site, you’ll investigate the insides of that iconic leather-covered ball, test your reaction time with a bat, find a bat’s sweet spot and more. You'll discover how to throw a slider, what it feels like to soak in the adoration of a crowd, how come a baseball has stitches - as well as the history of this popular game.

108 Stitches The Physics in Baseball: a science-based curriculum focusing on students in grades 6 through 10. The series uses the game of baseball to demonstrate basic principles of physics as set forth by the National Science Education Standards and the Ohio Science Academic Content Standards.


 

 

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The Physics Of Baseball Pitches video by Seeker introduces the physics of pitching in baseball.
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Newton\'s Laws Slide Deck from the Jefferson Lab https://education.jlab.org/
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THEMATIC UNIT OBJECTIVE Examine historical aspects and physical forces involved in playing baseball, relying on museum and library collections, equipment, video and film, testimonials and web features. Analyze the physical concepts behind hitting, pitching and fielding as they impact the way baseball is played, including tools that are used and how scientific variables affect choices and approaches to the game. Understand the vocabulary and several concepts of physics related to the fundamentals of scientific inquiry.
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Why does a curve ball curve? Where is the best spot on a bat to hit a baseball? At UC Berkeley, a team of undergrads is experimenting with velocity, force, and aerodynamics. But you won\'t find them in a lab – they work on a baseball diamond, throwing fastballs, sliders, and curveballs. QUEST discovers how the principles of physics can make the difference between a strike and a home run.
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At UC Berkeley, a team of undergrads is experimenting with velocity, force, and aerodynamics. But you won\'t find them in a lab -- they work on a baseball diamond, throwing fastballs, sliders, and curveballs. QUEST discovers how the principles of physics can make the difference between a strike and a home run. WHO: Tucker Hiatt, long-time physics teacher, Stanford Visiting Scholar (emeritus!), and Wonderfest Founding Director *AND* Marc “Zeke” Kossover, long-time physics teacher, Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow to the National Science Foundation, and Teacher in Residence and Co-Director of the Leadership Program at the Eploratorium
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How does a fielder know where to plant himself to catch a fly ball? It\'s all about physics. by the Science Channel
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Baseballs move really really fast, but what are the physics of a baseball as it moves through the air? In this video we are going to look at the science and physics of a baseball pitch and the spin of a baseball.
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NIU Assistant Professor of Physics Jahred Adelman explains how a scientific approach to baseball can determine the team\'s success. Adelman first explored this topic during a STEM Café, learn more about NIU\'s STEM Outreach program: http://niu.edu/stem/.
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NIU Assistant Professor of Physics Jahred Adelman explains how a scientific approach to baseball can determine the team\'s success. Adelman first explored this topic during a STEM Café, learn more about NIU\'s STEM Outreach program: http://niu.edu/stem/.
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Video on the Science of Hitting - PHYSICS!! By Science Insider. Hitters only have 125 milliseconds to gauge the average Major League fastball – less than the blink of an eye. Which begs the question: how is it humanly possible?
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108 Stitches: The Physics in Baseball is a science-based curriculum focusing on students in grades 6 through 10. The series uses the game of baseball to demonstrate basic principles of physics as set forth by the National Science Education Standards and the Ohio Science Academic Content Standards. by Western Reserve Public Media
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