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Kinetic and Potential Energy in Baseball Pitching
Transcript of Kinetic and Potential Energy in Baseball Pitching
There is kinetic energy when the pitcher has thrown it or when one of the other players has thrown the ball. The baseball also has kinetic energy when the batter hits the ball.
Potential Energy When Running
A runner has potential energy when he is either waiting to hit the ball or while waiting on base. Once he moves to hit the ball or to run the next bag, that energy transfers into kinetic.
In baseball there is a lot of potential energy with the baseball. Whenever the ball is moving slowly or if the ball isn't moving at all, like when the pitcher is getting ready to throw the ball, it has potential energy.
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Kinetic Energy When Running
Once the batter leaves home, headed to first, that potential energy is converted to kinetic energy. That also happens when the player leaves 1st, 2nd, or 3rd. An outfielder has potential energy when waiting for the ball to head his way. Once he moves to go get the ball the potential energy his has stored up is converted to kinetic energy.