Few experiments have been carried out in the past to deter mine the effect of the lift and the drag forces on the trajectory of a ball used in any game. In a baseball game, it was reported that sometimes the ball took a sharp turn aburptly in the region of 15 to 20 feet from the home plate. This indicated a sudden change of the forces acting on the ball. The principal forces acting w ere as fol lows: 1. Weight of the ball. 2. Drag force acting in the direction parallel to the relative wind. 3. Lift force acting perpendicular to the relative wind.
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BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Parekh, M. B., "Determination of Drag and Lift Coefficients for a Spinning Baseball" (1972). Theses and Dissertations. 7163.
Drag (Aerodynamics), Lift (Aerodynamics), Projectiles