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Homework Help: Magnus Effect

  1. Sep 28, 2010 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    If a ball is thrown horizontally in a vertical plane with a clockwise spin, the range will be shortened. Is it true?

    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution

    I guess it is false in accordance with Magnus effect.
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  3. Sep 28, 2010 #2
    The range will be shortened compared to what? Be specific.

    Tell us what you think the Magnus effect means.
  4. Sep 28, 2010 #3
    Compared to the case in which any spin is not imparted.
    Magnus effect is the phenomenon by which a spinning object in a fluid experiences a force perpendicular to its line of motion.
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