Date: Wed, 30 Oct 2002 09:59:59 -0600

Author: "Cliff Bettis"

Subject: Newton's Law of Gravity Confirmed by Volleyball team's trip to Boulder?

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OK,

Here is what appeared in today's student newspaper in an article about =
the VB teams road trip to play in Boulder:

Adding to the different look could be the high altitude of Boulder, =
where Cook said the thin atmosphere can play tricks on the trained =
reflexes of his players.

"It does affect the ball a lot," Cook said. "The ball carries frther so =
you have to adjust your serving. Jump serving is also not as effective =
because the ball doesn't fall as fast."


Anybody out there know anything about the intricacies of Volleyball? IS =
the coach misquoted? Obviously we are not going to presume the trained =
reflexes of his players are good enough to serve as g-meters. Is there =
an aerodynamic explanation? Maybe if the ball is served with top spin? =
Or maybe it just travels faster enough that it doesn't have as much time =
to fall? Seems like the ball is served around 50 m/s so that the =
difference in time wouldn't be very great over the size of a VB court.

Cliff

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OK,

 

Here is what appeared in today's student newspaper =
in an=20
article about the VB teams road trip to play in Boulder:

 

Adding to the different look could be the high =
altitude of=20
Boulder, where Cook said the thin atmosphere can play tricks on the =
trained=20
reflexes of his players.

 

"It does affect the ball a lot," Cook said. "The =
ball carries=20
frther so you have to adjust your serving. Jump serving is also not as =
effective=20
because the ball doesn't fall as fast."

 

 

Anybody out there know anything about the =
intricacies of=20
Volleyball? IS the coach misquoted? Obviously we are not going to =
presume the=20
trained reflexes of his players are good enough to serve as g-meters. Is =
there=20
an aerodynamic explanation? Maybe if the ball is served with top spin? =
Or maybe=20
it just travels faster enough that it doesn't have as much time to fall? =
Seems=20
like the ball is served around 50 m/s so that the difference in time =
wouldn't be=20
very great over the size of a VB court.

 

Cliff


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