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1D Kinematics of baseball

  1. Jul 24, 2009 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    A batter hits a pop fly straight up.
    a) Is the acceleration of the ball on the way up different from its acceleration on the way down? (YES / NO)
    b) Is the acceleration of the ball at the top of its flight different from its acceleration just before it lands?Yes / No?

    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution
    a. There is no difference in acceleration on the way up & down.
    b. Yes. I was wondering at the top of its flight the ball slows down and the ball doesnt slow down right before it lands. Am I correct?

    Thanks in advance
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  3. Jul 24, 2009 #2


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    b) No. Slowing down or speeding up depends on the direction of the velocity, not on the acceleration due to gravity, which is always in the downward direction.
  4. Jul 25, 2009 #3
    a) Upwards the acceleration is gravity and downwards the acceleration is gravity...the initial veloicty may be positive but the acceleration is not, once the ball is hit, it has negative acceleration.
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