Thesis (Open Access)
Bachelor of Science in Physics
Joelle Murray (Thesis Advisor) Jennifer Heath & Michael Crosser (Committee Members)
Engineering Physics | Physics
The difference in seam-height between raised and flat-seam baseballs causes them to react differently when thrown by a pitcher. Altering the seam-height on the ball changes the amount of drag force on it as it travels through the air. The goal of this experiment is to measure the difference in vertical deflection between the two types of balls when pitched with curveball topspin. It was discovered that the baseball with raised-seams experiences more vertical deflection than the flat-seam ball.
Carroll, Joseph S., "Effect of Seam-Height on Curveballs" (2015). Senior Theses. 14.