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The Physics of Aerials

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In the popular video game, "Rocket League" a simple idea is turned into an extremely addictive and teamwork oriented game. Teams of up to 4 players are put into a large arena with goals on 2 sides. Instead of controlling a player, you control a car. A ball about double the size of the cars is what players push into the goals in order to score. You may ask though, "What happens when the ball goes up into the air?". The cars are equipped with small rocket boosters on all sides, with a larger rocket engine on the back bumper. Players can collect fuel around the map called "boost" with can be used to power the large engine in the back. Using the smaller boosters on the sides to make small corrections and maneuvers along with the main engine for the thrust and speed, players can make insane plays involving what are called "aerial" hits. A basic understanding of physics can actually help players to make plays that would otherwise seem impossible. In the video below professional players can be seen making aerial hits by using the thrust and small boosters correctly.


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