Magnus Effect on a Volleyball
projectile motion, drag, Magnus, lift, video analysis
Type of Submission
Though a qualitative understanding of how spin affects a ball’s trajectory can
be easily developed, a quantitative one is relatively difficult to hone. Additionally, although
projectile motion is an extensively covered topic in introductory physics courses, friction and
drag—let alone spin—receive little to no attention. Here we use a volleyball and video modeling
software to compare the behavior of a non-spinning ball with one that has topspin in order to
assess the accuracy of our various models
incorporating drag and the Magnus effect.
"Modeling the Motion of a Volleyball with Spin,"
Journal of the Advanced Undergraduate Physics Laboratory Investigation: Vol. 2
, Article 1.
Available at: http://opus.ipfw.edu/jaupli/vol2/iss1/1