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December 9, 2014 6:00 am
The distance a fly ball travels depends to a large degree on which lot of baseballs it came from.
How Far Did That Fly Ball Travel (Redux)?
Alan Nathan#, Jeff Kensrud*, Lloyd Smith*, Eric Lang#
#Department of Physics, University of Illinois
Does speed off the bat determine how far a fly ball goes?
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Alan Nathan is Professor Emeritus of Physics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. After a long career doing things like measuring the electric and magnetic polarizabilities of the proton and studying the quark structure of nucleons, he now devotes his time and effort to the physics of baseball. He maintains an oft-visited website devoted to that subject: go.illinois.edu/physicsofbaseball.
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