# Throwing a Baseball

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#### Updated on Mar 15, 2013

If I asked you to throw both a baseball and a bowling ball, which do you think you could throw farther? Obviously, you would throw the baseball farther. Heavy stuff just slams into the ground! But does that necessarily mean that the lighter the object, the farther we can throw it? Let’s put this theory to the test.

### Problem:

Can we really throw lighter objects farther than heavy objects?

### Materials:

• Baseball
• BB gun pellet
• Bowling Ball
• Marble
• Measuring Tape
• Flat and clear area
• Notebook
• Pen

### Procedure

1. Hold the baseball, BB gun pellet, marble and bowling ball in your hands, observing each item’s weight. Order them from lightest to heaviest in your notebook.
2. Which do you think you will throw the farthest? Use this time to write down your guess, also called a hypothesis, in your notebook.
3. Find a lawn or field so that the objects you throw don’t break when they hit the ground.
4. Throw the BB gun pellet as hard as you can.
5. Measure and record the distance in your notebook.
6. Throw the marble as hard as you can.
7. Measure and record the distance in your notebook.
8. Throw the baseball as hard as you can.
9. Measure and record the distance in your notebook.
10. Throw the bowling ball as hard as you can, making sure not to hurt yourself.
11. Measure and record the distance in your notebook.