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The Effect of Air Resistance on a Golf Ball

by Brecken Kanz


Submitted : Fall 2013

The problem to be solved is the effect that air density has on a golf ball and to quantify this effect. The change in distance of a golf ball hit at the same velocity and angle at different elevations was calculated using the Euler method in order to track the ball during 0.1 second intervals. When the y-value returned to zero that is the point at which it contacted the ground and the x-value at that point corresponds to the distance that the ball traveled. The air densities were used from one of the highest elevation golf courses, La Paz golf course in Bolivia, and sea level or a golf course in Florida. The distance the ball would travel at La Paz is 108.1 meters, while the same shot would only travel 95.1 meters in Florida. The change in distance due to the grater air density in Florida is calculated to be 13 meters or in more suitable golf terms about 14.2 yards.

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Advisors :
Brian Curtin, Mathematics and Statistics
Scott Campbell, Chemical & Biomedical Engineering
Suggested By :
Scott Campbell