How Is Physics Involved in Discus Throwing?
There is a great deal of physics involved in the throwing of a discus. Gravity and initial velocity and wind speed are all involved. The physics of a discus throw also concerns the aerodynamic forces acting upon it. The most interesting aspect may be that the discus tends to travel farther when it’s thrown into the wind than with the wind. Relative velocity of the discus is the sum of the velocity of the wind and that of the discus through the air. Therefore, if there is no wind then the relative velocity will be equivalent to the observed velocity Lift is the force that opposes the force of gravity. The ability to achieve lift depends on the speed and the density of air relative to the direction of motion. The difference is that lift depends on speed as opposed to velocity. Drag is the force that opposes motion. If there’s wind when the discus is thrown, then the drag force will be along the direction of relative velocity. Drag depends on speed relative to the air and the angle of att