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Baseball Physics

June 14, 2011

We went to a minor league baseball game on Sunday.

This photo provides an opportunity for a high school physics exercise. You can see the ball in the picture. It’s the blur on the right hand side.

Problem Begin by estimating the length of the blur. Then use this estimate to calculate the speed of the pitch. The exposure time for the photo was 1/80 of a second. First calculate the speed in feet per second. Then convert to miles per hour. (There are 5280 feet in a mile and 3600 seconds in an hour.)

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