How Angular Momentum Ruins Your Day | Neil deGrasse Tyson Explains...

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How does a golf ball almost go in but not? On this explainer, Neil deGrasse Tyson and comic co-host break down the physics behind how angular momentum can ruin your shot.

Picture this: You’re golfing and you putt the ball toward the hole but it carreens off the lip and out again. Your basketball goes in the hoop and out again. What is going on there? Learn about lip outs in golf, linear momentum, and angular momentum. How much of the ball has to already be in the hole in order for it to stay in? What will get Chuck to watch golf? That, and we try out our best golf announcing whispers…

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0:00 - Introduction
1:34 - Lip Outs
2:59 - Angular Momentum
4:10 - How To Avoid Lip Outs
4:54 - Basketball
5:50 - Golf Spins
6:47 - Momentum
7:19 - NASCAR
8:57 - Exploding Golf
11:13 - Technicalities
13:38 - Reasons Why Chuck Hates Golf
15:29 - Closing Notes
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