We play with fluid dynamics all the time, though we don’t always think of it as such. Here are a few ways it shows up in the ways we play:
This is the study of air moving past an object. Whether you’re throwing a paper plane, flying a kite, or riding a bike, aerodynamics has an impact on what you’re doing.
The Magnus effect relates to lift forces on a spinning object. It can affect the way a frisbee flies, but we see it a lot in ball-related sports, too. The flight of golf balls, volleyballs, baseballs, and soccer balls can all be significantly impacted by the Magnus effect. Check out these videos for a primer on the Magnus effect and the reverse Magnus effect.
Everybody loves playing with bubbles. But they may have more of a impact than you realize, whether it’s in making the foam on your latte, enhancing the aroma of your champagne, or making your joints pop.