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The Science of a Drive Douglas N. Arnold

Summary: The Science of a Drive
Douglas N. Arnold
This article is a sample of material produced
for Mathematics Awareness Week, intention-
ally pegged at an elementary level with an
eye to distribution to a broad audience. The
piece will also appear in Mathematics and
Sports, edited by Joseph A. Gallian, Mathemat-
ical Association of America Dolciani Series,
to be published in the summer of 2010. It is
reproduced here with permission.
--Steven G. Krantz
"Math and science are everywhere." With those
words, championship golfer Phil Mickelson began
a public service television advertisement produced
by ExxonMobil and premiered during the 2007
broadcast of the Masters Golf Tournament. I had
the privilege to serve as the mathematical consul-
tant for the ad and for the accompanying website,
The Science of a Drive, from which the title of


Source: Arnold, Douglas N. - School of Mathematics, University of Minnesota


Collections: Mathematics