Thanks To the Magnus Effect, This Basketball Does Something Pretty Weird When Dropped

‘I bet I can throw the ball faster and further than you can’. It was a sentence that I’ve heard all throughout my childhood years. I never won at those kinds of competitions, but maybe things would have been different if I only paid more attention in Physics class. The Magnus effect is the commonly observed effect in which a spinning ball curves away from its principal flight path. As you can imagine, the Magnus effect is important in many ball sports. If you’re curious towards what exactly happens with objects under the Magnus effect, check out the video below:

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