Sunday, October 24, 2010

A New, Faster Way To Run The Bases In Baseball

From "Winning the World Series with math: A nearly circular path could be the fastest way to home plate" by Julie Rehmeyer in ScienceNews:
Mathematicians computed that this path around the bases is, theoretically, the fastest. The red lines show the direction the runner is accelerating.
Credit: D. Carozza, S. Johnson, and F. Morgan
To run the bases faster, baseball players just need a bit of mathematics, according to research by an undergraduate math major and his professors. Their calculations show that the optimal path around the bases is one that perhaps no major-league ball player has ever run: It swings out a full 18.5 feet from the baseline.
Read the full article here.

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