The Physics of Basketball

The Physics of Basketball

by John J. Fontanella
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Johns Hopkins University Press
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The Physics of Basketball

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780801885136
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 11/28/2006
Edition description: 20
Pages: 168
Sales rank: 869,700
Product dimensions: 5.78(w) x 10.88(h) x 0.60(d)

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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