September 21, 2021

Baseball Game Factors – What Does the Work Factor Mean?

In physics, work is any energy transferred from or into an object through the application of direct force to that object or through a change in its position. In its most basic form, it can be simply represented as the resultant of a change in position and force. It may also be called work done, action done, or work time. The amount of work done or the time it takes for something to be done, is called output.


Now we know what work is and how it is done, let’s see how it comes about. When something is being produced, whether that is a material created by human hands or a solar flare shooting out from space, there is a force producing it. That force is nothing more than the difference between what the inputting agent weighs and the output being produced. It is a combination of four different forces, but it can be simplified down to just two. The first force, and the simplest, is gravity. Any motion that adds mass to an area will tend to create a downward force that tends to make the mass drop to the lower level.

The second force, which makes more sense when we start talking about diagrams instead of just equations, is called the velocity component. This component of gravity adds a vector component to the equation that describes the motion of anything dabbling in the flow. This component, also known as the acceleration factor, can be thought of as a way for an object to accelerate. If you’ve ever seen a rocket come soaring towards the sky from a ground level, then you have seen this component at work.

The third force is a constant force, or more accurately a force that remains constant, as it moves through one location and returns to the same spot when it has completed its movement. This constant force is a little more difficult to describe in only mathematics. We could say that it is a force that makes everything move in the same direction. However, this still does not make sense, as if someone were to shoot a cannonball up into the air and it was moving in a different direction every time it returned to the launch site it would eventually end up hitting something else. It would go around and would never actually touch down on anything.

The fourth force, we will talk about is known as the angular momentum of an object. This term refers to the amount of momentum that remains after the average displacement is done upon it. We can write it in two terms, as a magnitude and a direction, as well as a time and a value. For instance, if you take a baseball and place it on the end of a baseball bat with a springy type of metal handle, the springiness of that baseball bat is termed its angular momentum. The time it takes for that bat to stop bouncing back to its original position and return to its original position is termed its angular momentum. Putting these four forces together and dividing by the distance of the point where they are placed in the distance, we get the true work put into a game of baseball.

These four terms we just introduced are not the only things that are involved in baseball. There is an actual equation that determines how much work goes into a game. This equation is known as the Work Factor Formula and is written as WF/D (angle) for Work Number, Distance on the Field, Deflection, and the Time it Takes to Get From Point A to Point B. By knowing these things we can see that the true work factor is a function of angles, velocity, displacement, momentum, and angles, just to name a few.