Soccer Through The Eyes of Science

While the 2010 FIFA World Cup grill an entire planet, an American scientist helps hardcore football fans understand the sport and the scientific point of view…..

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While the 2010 FIFA World Cup grill an entire planet, an American scientist helps hardcore football fans understand the sport and the scientific point of view.

In an article published this month in the number of the magazine “Physics Today,” researcher John Eric Goff explains how the best players in world football can cause the ball to do things that seem to defy laws of physics.

Goff’s work focuses on changing the shape of the ball and the way its surface hardness and asymmetrical air force that it contributes to the trajectory of a soccer player he once left leg.

Researchers analysis leads to understanding how the low density air when the parties disputed the higher elevations – like those in South Africa – they can say the word in some amazing movements of the ball, already observed in some matches this year. “The ball moves a little faster than some players are accustomed to move,” said Goff, a professor of physics at Lynchburg College in Virginia and an expert in sports science.

Lands worldwide competitions, maneuvers and trajectory balls behave according to complex formulas, he says, but they can be explained in terms that the average viewer with training can easily understand. And games such miraculous results can be explained simply in terms of elementary physics.

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  1. Posted September 22, 2010 at 8:57 am

    Good article

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