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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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.