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The Physics of Basketball

by John Fontanella (2007): Forget Newton's apple. It's a basketball that provides the ideal focus for physics. Layups, stuff shots, treys, hang time - the entire wonderful game of hoops yields its kinetic secrets to Fontanella's careful but entertaining application of mathematical science. Having played basketball himself in high school and college, Fontanella (physics, US Naval Academy) to a large extent explains the physics underlying the good advice he had from his coaches.