Physics of snooker on BBC radio 4

Dr Phil Sutton

Today I will be on the BBC radio 4 programme Inside Science  at 16:30, repeated also at 21:00.  We briefly discuss some aspects of the physics involved in snooker from simple newtonian mechanics to non-trivial differential equations that can only be solved by computer simulations. No matter how much we as can understand the game as scientists it unfortunately does not carry over to being a proficient player. In there are so many variables that professional players perfect their skills through practice instead of relying on the science.

The episode can also be listened to here after today.

More details about some of the physics in snooker can be found from my previous work at Loughborough University with the following link: Snooker Physics


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