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3-035-StadiumDesign-ModelingScenario

Author(s): Brian Winkel

SIMIODE - Systemic Initiative for Modeling Investigations and Opportunities with Differential Equations

Keywords: projectile motion baseball parametric equation stadium home run no reistant fairness no resistance

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Resource Image For a given baseball playing field outline how high must the outfield fence be at each point in order to make a homerun equally likely in all fair directions?

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Consider a baseball field with prescribed irregular outfield and fence configuration.

Suppose a player can hit a home run which just clears the fence at one given point if the ball leaving the bat (2 feet off the ground) has initial velocity v0 and launch angle at 45 degrees. Assume no wind resistance.

Redesign the fences so that this player (and hence any player) has the same chance of hitting a home run to anywhere in the outfield (i.e. in the outfield and fair!)

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Author(s): Brian Winkel

SIMIODE - Systemic Initiative for Modeling Investigations and Opportunities with Differential Equations

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