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Thanks To The Magnus Effect, This Basketball Does Something Pretty Weird!

What happens when we drop a basketball from a height? One would say it goes down like it should. What happens if we add a little spin to it, while dropping?

One would still guess that it goes down the way it should, but let me correct “one” because you can say “Adios, amigo!” to your ball cause it would fly away with a little spin on it! Why does this happen? Let’s all say hello to the Magnus Effect!

The Magnus effect in this instance, is when the declining ball on the spin, pulls the air around it, resulting in the formation of low pressure and high pressure areas, leading the ball to sway from its planned pathway.

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