Quiz yourself on the science and superstitions of sports.
Know what makes curveballs curve? Fastballs faster? What could turn an ordinary fly ball into a home run? If so, you could score big on our sports science quiz.
But if you think wins and losses have more to do with where you step between innings, when you talk to the pitcher, or a little something called the “Curse of the Bambino,” try the sports superstitions quiz instead.
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What feature does a golf ball have to help disrupt its boundary layer?
The dimples on a golf ball function much the same way as the stitching on a baseball. Without them, a drive that would ordinarily go 200 yards would fall somewhere around 50 yards.
How do the stitches on a baseball affect the speed at which it travels?
Believe it or not, stitching actually reduces drag and allows the ball to travel faster and farther than a smooth one. The stitches help disrupt the boundary layer of air next to the ball, which reduces air stream friction at high speeds.
Increasing what makes a fastball faster?
The speed of the ball is about angular momentum. The longer the pitcher’s arm, the taller he is, and the farther he moves forward off the mound all give the ball more angular momentum, and as a result, more speed.
To throw a curveball, a right-handed pitcher releases the ball down and:
The finishing touch on a curveball is to give it a little spin down, towards the right (if you’re right handed) and away from the body. The ball tilts in the direction of the spin, which results in a curved trajectory.
If the pitcher releases the ball down and to the left, what will the pitch be?
This variant of the curveball breaks inside and down to a right-handed hitter. A fast curve thrown with the wrist at a 90-degree angle is a slider, which breaks at the last second. A knuckleball is thrown with little or no spin and is extremely unpredictable.
What creates backspin on a basketball during a free throw?
It’s all in the wrist, literally. By pointing your hand where you want the ball to go and snapping your shooting wrist down as the ball leaves your hands, you put backspin on the ball and increase your accuracy. (It also helps make that nice swoosh sound.)
What would ordinarily be a fly ball could be a home run when you factor in:
Atmospheric conditions change how easily things move through the air. Cool temperatures, low humidity and the lower pressures experienced at higher altitudes could all help what would have been a fly ball to get over the fence and become a home run.
In hockey, what’s “fast ice”?
Hockey players can skate faster on ice that’s cold, smooth and hard. This is because there’s less resistance than on a rink that’s starting to melt or one at the end of a period that’s all full of ice chips.
What about bikes? Which tires are faster?
Since there’s less of the tire touching the surface of the road, there’s less friction to slow down the bike. Mountain bikes like friction. They need fat, beefy tires to keep from sliding off the trail.
Gravity pulls a surfer toward the water while she’s waiting to catch a wave. What force holds her up?
Gravity is counteracted by buoyancy. How buoyant something is depends on how much water it displaces. If the part of the board in the water weighs less than the water that would have otherwise been there, it floats.
When biking, aerodynamic resistance consists of two forces:
Aerodynamic drag, the force that holds you back when moving, consists of air pressure drag. And direct friction, friction from your body.
I got 100%
I guessed on every single question and got 7 out of 10 right!!!!!!
Btw I don’t like watching sports or learning facts about sports
that was a hard test for me and my brothers played baseball and football
I didn’t know much about those sports, so I didn’t do so good on the quiz.
I love sport quizzes! Can you guys make more in the future?
I’m better at math I like science though. I wish I did better );
the quiz was hard i only really know about basketball and football.