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# does a baseball go farther when hit by a wood or metal bat

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I am a single Mom trying to help my 11 Year old with his science project
Submitted: 11 years ago.
Category: Homework
Expert:  xarqi replied 11 years ago.
The answer is actually, "Usually, no".
What matters most is the mass of the bat, its length, and its
speed, and the angle of contact between the bat and the ball.
Stiffness is a minor issue, but if a metal bat were used that was
stiffer than a wooden one, and all other things were held
constant, maybe the ball would go slightly further.
Customer: replied 11 years ago.
Reply to xarqi's Post: which goes farther wood or metal
Expert:  xarqi replied 11 years ago.
There is no simple answer. It depends on precisely what type of
wood, and what type of metal. In any case, the type of material
is probably the least important determinant in how far a ball
goes.

If you must have a simple answer, it is "metal". While that
is simple, it will not be true under all circumstances. A one foot
bat made of metal will not propel a ball further than a 3 foot bat
made of wood; a bat made of mercury (a liquid metal!) will not
be much use at all.
Customer: replied 11 years ago.
Reply to xarqi's Post: so your answer would be the Hypothesis?
Expert:  xarqi replied 11 years ago.
What is your hypothesis? That a metal bat will propel a ball
further than a wooden one? If so, provided that the mass,
length, angle of contact, and speed of swing are the same, and
that the metal bat is stiffer than the wooden one, yes.
Customer: replied 11 years ago.
Reply to xarqi's Post: I thought wood would be
Expert:  xarqi replied 11 years ago.
I'll do a bit of research and get back to you. I do believe that the
material is of much less relevance than the mass and length of
the bat, and the skill of the batter.
Expert:  xarqi replied 11 years ago.
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