Doing the Wave: Connecting Physics to Baseball


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Ever heard the crack of a bat when a hitter launches a homerun? Well there’s a wave that’s responsible for that sound. Watch the video to learn how waves are an integral part of baseball. Who knew!


About the Author: Dr. David Kagan has been at CSU Chico for over thirty years. During this time, Dr. Kagan has served in numerous roles including: Chair of the Department of Physics; founding Chair of the Department of Science Education; and Assistant Dean in the College of Natural Sciences to name a few. He is a regular contributor to The Physics Teacher having had over thirty papers published in the journal. Kagan continues his deep devotion to quality teaching by avidly engaging his students with methodologies adapted from the findings of Physics Education Research. In addition, he has remained true to his lifelong obsession with baseball by using the national pastime to enhance the teaching and learning of physics.


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