Daily Archives: 17. October 2003

The Physics of Baseball

Want to find out more about about the physics behind the great American past time? Then, here are a few sites where you can learn more:

1) Baseball: The Game and Beyond

Have you ever wondered why a curveball curves, or how ERA is calculated? Well in this site we try to answer those questions along with many more. You can learn how to score a game and study the physics behind baseball. You can even hear Red Sox PA Announcer Ed Brickley's impressions of the game.

2) San Francisco's Exploratorium presents The Science of Baseball

This site has exhibits, articles and activities related to the science behind the game of baseball…as well as links to many other baseball-related web sites.

3) The Physics of Baseball

A professor of physics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has a site devoted to the physics of baseball, complete with info about corked bats, wood vs. alumninum bats, the dynamics of the baseball-bat collision, characterizing the performance of baseball bats, sites geared towards younger people, Aerodynamics of the Baseball, aerodynamics of the baseball, NCAA bat standards, etc.

Note: I would like to dedicate this post to memory of the 2003 season of the Boston Red Sox. Here's to almost taking us to the 2003 World Series! Cheers!

National Chemistry Week Open House

For those of you in the Princeton, New Jersey area:

The Princeton Local Section of the American Chemical Society and the Princeton Chemistry Department will sponsor a National Chemistry Week Open House at Princeton University’s Frick Lab on Friday, October 24, from 7:00-8:30 pm. The program will start in the auditorium, just across the foyer from the main entrance. All community members 6 years old and up are invited. Children ages 6-12 must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

This year’s theme is “Chemistry in Earth’s Atmosphere and Beyond.” The program will include short presentations with demonstrations in the auditorium and hands-on activities and demonstrations in the laboratories downstairs. Activities will be supervised by American Chemical Society members and Princeton University staff and students.

Topics include chemistry in space, how gases behave, the structure of the atmosphere, chemistry of oxygen, chemistry of carbon dioxide, making clouds, pollution and how it travels, flight and space flight, the greenhouse effect, the ozone hole, and many more.

Please register with Kathryn Wagner, Princeton University Chemistry Department, by Thursday, October 23. E-mail kmwagner@princeton.edu or call 609 258-2937 and leave your name, the number of people, and the ages of any children you are bringing.