## Tokyo 2020: Baseball Aerodynamics

For a long time, people thought baseball aerodynamics were simply a competition between gravity and the Magnus effect caused when a ball is spinning. But the seams of a baseball Keep reading

## Tokyo 2020: Visualizing the Magnus Effect in Golf

Golf returned to the Olympics in 2016 in Rio and is back for the Tokyo edition. Golf balls — with their turbulence-promoting dimples — are a perennial favorite for aerodynamics Keep reading

## Skipping Stone Physics

Skipping stones across water has fascinated humans for millennia, but incredibly, we’re still uncovering the physics of this game today. A recent paper built and experimentally validated a mathematical model Keep reading

## Living Fluid Dynamics

This short film for the 2016 Gallery of Fluid Motion features Montana State University students experiencing fluid dynamics in the classroom and in their daily lives. As in her previous Keep reading

## Rio 2016: Table Tennis

Many sports use spherical balls, but the small size and weight of a table tennis ball makes it the one where aerodynamics have the strongest effect. Spin also plays a Keep reading

## Daily Fluids, Part 2

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: Keep reading

## The Reverse Magnus Effect

A good soccer player can kick the ball from the corner of the field into the goal thanks to the Magnus effect. But if you’ve ever tried to play soccer Keep reading

## Magnus Effect

Putting a little bit of spin on an object can have a big aerodynamic effect, thanks to the Magnus effect. As demonstrated in the video above, backspin on a basketball Keep reading

## The Magnus Effect in Football

Like many sports, the gameplay in football can be strongly affected by the ball’s spin. Corner kicks and free kicks can curve in non-intuitive ways, making the job of the Keep reading

## Simulating a Curveball

Spinning an object in motion through a fluid produces a lift force perpendicular to the spin axis. Known as the Magnus effect, this physics is behind the non-intuitive behavior of Keep reading