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Issue 5, Volume 1
May 2008

The Physics of Baseball: Celebrate the Great American Past Time, Physics-Style!

In case you didnít get an invitation or you simply forgot, hereís a reminder that the Physics Department is hosting a fun, free event for you and your family on Sunday May 25. Call or email Maria Hjelm soon to rsvp (510-642-5979 or

11:30 am Lecture/Demo on the Track Field
From sweet spots to curve balls, from the effect of spin to the wood/aluminum controversy, baseball enthusiast and Berkeley Physics Professor Bob Jacobsen will offer the physicistís point-of-view on the fine points of the game. Players from the Cal baseball team will help illustrate the physics of baseball, as well as eager audience volunteers! Bring a blanket to sit on at the track field.

1:00 Game Time: Cal vs. UCLA
Root for the Bears as they go up against UCLA! Bounce houses, face-painting for kids and ice cream for all ages.

To celebrate the Physics of Baseball, we will distributing a free ice cream to our physics alumni and family in attendance. And enter a drawing for a free Louisville Slugger baseball bat, signed by the UCB Physics faculty!

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