A1_11 The Littlest League

Alistair Goodwin, Laura Horton, Luca James, Chris Mander, Michael McKee


In this paper, we investigated quantum tunnelling by replacing the batter with a potential barrier in a baseball game. We found that the width of a potential barrier that represents a batter needs to be between 1.57*10^-36 m and 1.41*10^-36 m in order for the transmission probability of a baseball through the potential barrier to equal the strike rate of Major League Baseball (MLB) pitchers of 62% to 65%. Considering these values are smaller than the Planck length, it is therefore physically impossible to replicate the observed MLB strike rates with the potential barrier we used.

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