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ERIC Number: EJ872628
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jan
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0746-8342
The Hardest Straight-in Pool Shot
Mabry, Rick
College Mathematics Journal, v41 n1 p49-57 Jan 2010
When playing pool or billiards, a player often has the opportunity to make a "straight-in" shot, that is, one in which the cue ball, the object ball, and the target (e.g., a pocket) are collinear. With the distance from the cue ball to the target assumed fixed, the relative difficulty is here explored of shots taken at varying positions of the object ball between the cue ball and target. What position of the object ball makes the shot the most difficult? This is the question addressed in the article. Proofs of the results, ranging from easy to challenging, are left as exercises and also posted on the "CMJ" web site.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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