Physics of Baseball: The bat’s sweet spot

(music) Jahred Adelman (Assistant Professor, Physics):
According to the law of conservation of energy, the amount of energy that we have is fixed
and cannot be changed. When a bat is about to hit the ball, it has a certain amount of
energy because it is traveling rather fast. If the ball hits the “sweet spot” of the bat
as much energy is transferred to the ball as possible. If the ball does not hit the
“sweet spot” of the bat, the bat will vibrate, stinging the hitter’s hands and providing
less energy to the ball which will travel less distance. (music)

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