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Subject: Pool/billiards and geometry/physics
Date Posted: 6/4/2009 5:36 PM ET
Member Since: 3/21/2009
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Hi,

I have aquired a pool table. Yes you heard me right, a pool table! I like to play pool and I'd like to teach my grandson pool, too. More than that, I would like to learn the geometry and physics of pool.  Does anyone know of any books and/or resources I can find on this subject matter? Has anyone taught their children the geometry and physics of pool? I have searched the PBS data base and there are many pool books (most not posted).  Some deal with mathematics, but on a grand and very complicated statistical scale. I would like to learn it on a more simplistic level and pass along the basics to my grandson.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated,

Elona

Date Posted: 6/4/2009 8:34 PM ET
Member Since: 3/20/2007
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The "Maths is Fun" site has a math game that uses a pool table.

www.mathsisfun.com/games/games-4.html

My son is at scouts now, and I'll ask him and post again.  He's all about the physics of billiards - even before we got our "pockey" table.

He has a pool CD-rom that's fun to test out different shots.  He also just likes trying out different effects with the balls, such as lining them up in a row then hitting one end with the cue ball and seeing what happens, etc.