Course Descriptions
MECH_ENG 360: Mechanics of Sports

Quarter Offered

Spring : TTh 9:30-10:50am ; J. Rudnicki


Applications of mechanics and mathematical modeling to sports: baseball, basketball, golf, soccer, swimming, running, and others. Introduction to the biomechanics of sports.

Who Takes It


This course meets two times per week for 80-minute lectures.


  • Adair, Robert K., The Physics of Baseball, Third Edition, Harper Collins, 2002. Armenti, Angelo Jr. (editor), The Physics of Sports, American Institute of Physics, 1992
  • Brancazio, Peter, Sport Science: Physical Laws and Optimum Performance, Simon & Schuster, 1984
  • Counsilmen, James E., The New Science of Swimming, 2nd edition, Benjamin/Cummings, 1994, ISBN 0130998885
  • Goodstein, Madeline, Sports Science Projects - The Physics of Balls in Motion, Enslow Publishers, Inc., 1999
  • Schrier, Eric W. and William F. Allman (editors), Newton at the Bat - The Science in Sports, Charles Scribner's Sons, 1094
  • Wesson, John, The Science of Soccer, Institute of Physics Publishing, 2002. Wiese, Jim, Sports Science - 40 Goal-scoring, High-flying, Medal Winning Experiments for Kids, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2002


Papers, Class Presentations


Professor: John Rudnicki