This Is What Happens When You Throw A Spinning Basketball Into A Dam

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Unlike a normal object, if you throw a basketball from a height, it does not follow it’s intended flight path. For quite a while, scientists and engineers have been wondering why this happens. Finally, we have the answer. Called the Magnus effect, a spinning basketball creates areas of low and high pressure around it which causes the basketball to sway away. Below is the demonstration of Magnus effect.

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  1. Terry Scaddon Reply

    A Dam was a good choice to illustrate an effect that was used to to great effect in 1943 –

    Look here –

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barnes_Wallis

    and go to bomb design

    Happy experiments (see what gave him the idea)

    Terry

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