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The Physics of Follow-Through *

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Time Required Very Short (≤ 1 day)
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Abstract

This project can apply to soccer, hockey, baseball and many other sports. What is the effect of stopping the kick/shot/swing at the moment of impact vs. following through? Think of a way to measure the outcome in each case, and explain your results. (idea from Gardner, 2000, 83-85; for more information with regard to specific sports, see: Barr, 1990, 12-14; Gay, 2004, 142-144; Adair, 2002, 30.)

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Bibliography

  • Adair, R. K., 2002. The Physics of Baseball: Third Edition, Revised, Updated and Expanded. New York, NY: HarperCollins Publishers.
  • Barr, G., 1990. Sports Science for Young People. New York, NY: Dover Publications.
  • Gardner, R., 2000. Science Projects About the Physics of Sports. Berkeley Heights, NJ: Enslow Publishers.
  • Gay, T., Ph.D., 2005. The Physics of Football. New York, NY: HarperCollins Publishers.

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