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I have a research project for my Physics class and I was thinking of doing it on badminton. I was wondering if people have any ideas what I could do? I was thinking maybe find out who has the fastest smash among my friends or whatever. Or perhaps find the velocity of the bird when it's smashed. Also, any books/websites and places where I could maybe find material on badminton as it relates to Physics?

2. I think you should get your materials from academic papers (reputable). Go to the university/college and ask for access to their computers. Also, the librarian can assist you in the matter of searching for your materials. So, go to the university library and ask for assistance. Is this an experiment? You may want to do statistics too. This is interesting. What do you have to do in your physics project?

3. I'd be interested in the formula for the rate of decelaration of the shuttle.

4. A compison of the flight paths of plastic and feather shuttles maybe? Hypothese on trajectories and prove something realated to the differences between them.

What level is the project at high school/a-level/uni? -- what are you studying for?

5. Originally Posted by flymordecai
I was thinking maybe find out who has the fastest smash among my friends or whatever. Or perhaps find the velocity of the bird when it's smashed.
The problem is, you can hardly find any devices to be accurate enough to take such measurements.

6. Originally Posted by LazyBuddy
The problem is, you can hardly find any devices to be accurate enough to take such measurements.

I wonder if the measuring device used for bullet velocity could be modified..

Flymordecai - you could also do some research on the relation of high and low tension stringing with the acceleration of the bird.. and help us settle some long winded discussions...

7. Originally Posted by Pball
I wonder if the measuring device used for bullet velocity could be modified..

2. Shuttle is light and decrease in speed significantly in a fraction of a sec. Not sure if the radar guns can work effectively or not.

8. Originally Posted by Slanter
I'd be interested in the formula for the rate of decelaration of the shuttle.
We should know (or be able to calculate) that already.
There was a thread a while back with a link to some research that found the terminal velocity of a shuttle.

9. Originally Posted by Neil Nicholls
We should know (or be able to calculate) that already.
There was a thread a while back with a link to some research that found the terminal velocity of a shuttle.
that was different Neil. Terminal V is a more or less fixed number dependent on shuttle shape factor and surrounding fluid medium. Slanter is looking for jerks

10. Originally Posted by cooler
that was different Neil. Terminal V is a more or less fixed number dependent on shuttle shape factor and surrounding fluid medium. Slanter is looking for jerks
at terminal velocity though, deceleration is 0. You know the mass of the shuttle, and the forces acting on it balance out. ie gravity trying to accelerate it and air resistance trying to decelerate it. Given the terminal velocity, and that the research stated that the air resistance force was proportional to the square of the velocity (I think), surely all the information you need is available there somewhere.

11. I may have been thinking of this thread

http://electron.physics.buffalo.edu/...ter3/styro.pdf

I'm sure I printed the article out back then.
Just gotta find it now

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