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Can Magnus Effect Turn A Ball Into A Frisbee?


If you ask any basketball star what his favourite school subjects were, he will most probably name Physical Education but not Physics or Maths - and these words will be said in vain! Did you know that Physics can help us deal with basketball balls? In fact if you give a backward spin to a moving ball you will see something called Magnus effect in which a spinning ball curves away from its principal flight path. This effect got its name after Gustav Magnus, the German physicist who was the first to investigate it. Watch how a simple basketball ball changes his usual trajectory and starts performing truly amazing stunts!

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