Conceptual Physics (12th Edition)

Published by Addison-Wesley
ISBN 10: 0321909100
ISBN 13: 978-0-32190-910-7

Chapter 14 - Think and Explain - Page 279-281: 85


The comparison is done in Figure 14.21 on page 274. The spacing of streamlines around a non-spinning ball doesn't vary much. The streamlines around a spinning ball are closer on the side where the surface is spinning toward the forward direction (because the speed of the air with respect to the surface is increased). The pressure difference (explained by Bernoulli's principle) on opposite sides of the ball causes a force, making the ball veer.

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This is discussed on page 274.
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