Jacob Brooks, 2014 AAPT Winter Meeting

Measuring and Modeling a Boleadora
Poster at the 2014 AAPT Winter Meeting in Orlando, Florida

The effects of the throwing technique on the motion of a boleadora in flight were investigated. The boleadora is an ancient hunting weapon made of three individual masses connected by rope to a common knot. The dynamics of the boleadora depend on whether it is thrown by the knot or by one of the masses. A computational model was developed for each throwing technique. Predictions of the models were compared to results from 3D video analysis. The models and results from video analysis for the two throwing techniques will be presented.