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Re: Acceleration vs. Deceleration

Posted by: Gary (grubbsg@iquest.com) on Wed Dec 29 19:22:20 1999

> Deack Jack and others,
> I believe Jack has a valid point of hitting the ball at its highest point of acceleration. Nevertheless, I see an apparent peril in such a manuveur: doing so might result in hitting the ball where the bat is past its maximum bat speed, and slowing down, resulting in a loss of power, since accelerating speeds are not infinite, for the same reason there is no such thing as a perpetual working machine. I would much rather hit through the ball, that is, hit the ball while it is still acceleration, then hit the ball when I have already expended my energy, and my bat is decelerating. Any thoughts are welcome.
> Happy New Year,
> The Black Hole Lexicographer
> Knight1285@aol.com


At the maximum velocity point in the swing, the acceleration is zero. I am having a hard time understanding the concept of hitting with a contact point coinciding with maximum bat head acceleration.

Am I missing something?



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