BTS 043: The Magnus Effect And A Ball Dropped From A 41-Storey Tall Dam

BTS 043: The Magnus Effect And A Ball Dropped From A 41-Storey Tall Dam

If you drop a basketball from a great enough height, it acts as expected, dropping relatively straight down with an incredible thump. But add backspin to it and something pretty intriguing happens.

Derek Muler did just that on his YouTube channel, Veritasium, and it had since become his most popular video with over 10 million views in about 3 days!

In the video, Derek explored that is known as the Magnus Effect, in which a ball with a little spin interacts with air as its falls, thus dramatically changing its path.

You can go behind the science by checking out Derek's video below and following his channel here.


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