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How much difference does the spiraling motion of a well-thrown football make on the distance of the throw (compared to wobbling, or end-over-end motion of the ball)? Think of a way to reproducibly produce the desired ball motion and launch it with a constant force to find out. (For more information on the physics, see Gay, 2004.)

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Gay, T., Ph.D., 2005. The Physics of Football. New York, NY: HarperCollins Publishers.

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Science Buddies Staff. "Aerodynamics of a Football." Science Buddies, 20 Nov. 2020, https://www.sciencebuddies.org/science-fair-projects/project-ideas/Sports_p028/sports-science/aerodynamics-of-a-football. Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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Last edit date: 2020-11-20

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