The Mechanics of Sport

2022 U.S. National Committee on Theoretical and Applied Mechanics Distinguished Lecture

Person running

The mechanics of the flight of a baseball determines whether or not a hit will become a home run; the transmission of forces from a sprinter’s muscles to the ground determine who wins the race; ski jumpers and skateboarders are experts at generating forces to convert potential energy into astonishing physical feats. These are all examples of finely tuned propulsive forces, countered by resistance, leading to motion. This talk will discuss a few examples of the mechanics of sports, from classical concepts of running to recent controversies surrounding the home run rate in Major League Baseball.

Professor Anette “Peko” Hosoi will present “The Mechanics of Sport” via Zoom on Tuesday, April 19, 2022, from 3 – 4pm PDT (4pm MDT, 5pm CDT, 6pm EDT). Registration is free but required to obtain the webinar link.

The U.S. National Committee on Theoretical and Applied Mechanics invites to the second in its series of Distinguished Public Lectures on Theoretical and Applied Mechanics. The objective of this series is to convey excitement, to stimulate interest, and to discuss opportunities in the mechanical sciences and engineering related to advances in infrastructure, automation, transportation, energy, bio-medicine, sustainability, exploration, and other areas. The targeted audience includes students and teachers interested in STEM fields at high schools across the nation and the general public. The lectures are free and open to the public. They will be streamed live and archived for future use.

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