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How Far a Basketball With Backspin Can Go

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Ever wondered how far a basketball with backspin will travel when dropped from the top of a 126.5 m (415 ft) dam? I admit I haven’t, but now that I’ve watched this video by Derek Muller of Veritasium, I feel much closer to the solution anyway. It has to do with the Magnus effect…



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