Overview

Drain three pointers, slam dunk easily, and sink that buzzer beater from half court with the help of simple science. Your coach, physicist John J. Fontanella, shows how you can improve your game if you take advice from Isaac Newton. As you read, relive some of the great moments in the game—this time with a scientist and diehard basketball fan as your color analyst.

Find out why you ought to put spin on the ball. Get tips on how to improve your free throw and increase your ...

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The Physics of Basketball

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Overview

Drain three pointers, slam dunk easily, and sink that buzzer beater from half court with the help of simple science. Your coach, physicist John J. Fontanella, shows how you can improve your game if you take advice from Isaac Newton. As you read, relive some of the great moments in the game—this time with a scientist and diehard basketball fan as your color analyst.

Find out why you ought to put spin on the ball. Get tips on how to improve your free throw and increase your percentage from the charity stripe. You’ll even learn how to shatter the backboard, if that’s something you’ve always dreamed of doing. With photographs and simple high school formulas, physics professor Fontanella—who played in college against Pittsburgh and Syracuse—reveals the key pieces of physics that underscore basketball. He covers almost every aspect of the game, weaving in stories from games he’s played and games he’s seen, and tales from basketball history and folklore. Physics comes alive as you see how Kobe Bryant, Wilt "the Stilt" Chamberlain, Michael Jordan, Becky Hammon, and J. J. Reddick do naturally the things that Isaac Newton says they should.

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Editorial Reviews

Physics Education
Perfect physics aid for basketball fans.

— Ken Zetie

Annapolis Capital
Fontanella writes with humor and feeling.

— Earl Kelly

Choice

He merges teaching about physics with tips on how to improve the game... With Fontanella's guidance, much is learned about physics, basketball, and the scientific method. Highly recommended.

International Journal of Sports Science & Coaching
The Physics of Basketball bridges the gap between sports science and coaching by introducing many practical ideas that have likely never been considered... recommended reading for all basketball coaches.

— Steve Watkins

Hoopsworld.com - Bill Ingram
The Physics of Basketball takes the game to a whole new level.
Physics Education - Ken Zetie
Perfect physics aid for basketball fans.
Annapolis Capital - Earl Kelly
Fontanella writes with humor and feeling.
International Journal of Sports Science & Coaching - Steve Watkins
The Physics of Basketball bridges the gap between sports science and coaching by introducing many practical ideas that have likely never been considered... recommended reading for all basketball coaches.
Choice
He merges teaching about physics with tips on how to improve the game... With Fontanella's guidance, much is learned about physics, basketball, and the scientific method. Highly recommended.
Hoopsworld.com
The Physics of Basketball takes the game to a whole new level.

— Bill Ingram, Executive Editor, Basketball News Services

Booklist
An unusual book, certain to attract both the sports fan and the armchair scientist.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801889523
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 2/1/2008
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 168
  • Sales rank: 1,377,004
  • File size: 5 MB

Meet the Author

John J. Fontanella is a physics professor at the United States Naval Academy.

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Table of Contents


Preface     vii
Acknowledgments     xiii
The Final Four     1
Projectile Notion     19
Nothing But Net     35
Basket Case     69
That's the Way the Ball Bounces     97
Hang Time     121=970 01$lAppendixes     133
The Drag Force
The Magnus Force
Trajectory Calculations
Calculation Setup
Bounce Angles
Coefficient of Restitution
Notes     141
Index     145
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