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# Does a baseball curve better at the top of a high mountain or down on a flat plain and explain?

Updated: 9/27/2023

Wiki User

13y ago

A Baseball will curve better down on a flat plain (at lower elevation above sea level). This is because the curving is caused by the ball contacting the air and pushing the ball in a particular direction. A ball's particular spin, speed, how the ball's stitches meet the air, etc will determine specifically how it will change direction when the air pushes against it. Imagine a baseball thrown in a vacuum where there is no air. The ball would not curve at all because there is no air to push on it. The ball would continue on a straight path, influenced only by gravity pulling it downwards. On a mountaintop, there is less air in a given volume of space than there is on a flat plain (at a lower elevation). Therefore, there will be less air to push on a thrown baseball when it is thrown on a mountaintop. Since there is less air to push on it, it will curve less well when thrown on the mountaintop. So it will curve better when thrown down on a flat plain.

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13y ago

Wiki User

11y ago

Since the curve of a ball relies on the friction with the air, the lower you go the more the dense the air will be, Thus providing more stuff to create friction with the ball.

Wiki User

11y ago

A flat plain

Wiki User

11y ago

A flat plain.