bat velocity versus bat mass
In terms of generating the most force at impact between the ball and the bat does the mass of the bat or the velocity of the bat have a greater impact? In other words, holding other all parameters equal, will hitting a ball with a lighter bat at a greater velocity generate more/less/equal force than hitting a ball with a slightly heavier bat at a slighty lower velocity. In the Ken Burns series on baseball he quotes the Splendid Splinter as indicating that a lighter bat at an increased velocity will generate more force than the heavier/slower bat. Is there an established equation for this relation? Thanks for any help, I only took two semesters of physics about ten years ago.
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