Baseball: What Makes a Curveball Curve?

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Baseball: What Makes a Curveball Curve?

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A curveball is a type of breaking ball that has a sideways or downward motion. When the pitcher releases the ball, the stitching on the leather causes pressure on one side of the ball to be greater than on the other side. This imbalance of force, called the Magnus force, makes the ball move faster on one side than the the other, resulting in a curved trajectory. This animation explains what makes a curveball curve.


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