Softball Research Essay

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Softball is a sport I have been playing since I was eight. Running the bases is something I have enjoyed about playing the game. With my experience with softball, it led me to question which size ball would travel the farthest. Thus, my experiment question is “Which size ball would travel the longest distance when thrown?”. The reasoning to why I did this research is I wanted to learn more about softball so my experiment would be easier to understand. Softball is a version of baseball played with a larger ball on a smaller field. It was invented in 1887, in Chicago as an indoor game by George Hancock. The name softball was given to the game in 1926. There are three types of softball, there are slow-pitch, fast-pitch, and modified softball.…show more content…
Baseball was made in Cooperstown New York in the summer of 1839 by Abner Doubleday. Baseball evokes more nostalgia among Americans than any other sports. The sport was mad before the Civil War and was played in sandlots. In 1871 the first professional baseball team was formed. They were the Cincinnati Red Stockings, made up of ten men. Now there are more than 30 baseball teams across America.

Force on a baseball is, lift (up), weight (down), and drag (when you throw it). The same for softball except there is one more step added. Since they have different pitches, softball adds back drag (when you wind up). An object in rest will stay in rest unless acted upon by an outside force, there for, a softball/baseball will stay in rest until you put in force and motion. F=mxa (f= force m= mass a= acceleration).

My hypothesis is I think the 12 inch will go the farthest. I think this because it’s bigger and heavier. Also, since it is bigger and heavier, i would have to put more force in it and the more force put in an object the longer the object will stay in motion. Then I think the 11 inch will go the second farthest for the same reasons as the 12 inch. Then the baseball since it is the smallest of the 3
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