I chose to research the chemistry of a softball. It is the ball used in softball. This ball is not extremely complicated, only being made of about three things. But. I chose to research a softball because I am very dedicated to the sport and wanted to further my knowledge on it.
Composition of ...
Softballs are composed of two parts including the core and covering
Main Chemicals, Compounds, Components
Two main components:Leather and Kapok(polyurethane)
Leather: leather is made from the skins of various animals (cows, horses, pigs, goats)which are then dried and processed by “tanning” and then dyed with certain waxes and dyes which are yellow in this case.
Kapok(polyurethane):polyurethanes are in a class of compounds called reaction polymers which a produced when an isocyanate reacts with a polyol. The properties of a polyurethane are long, flexible stands(by the polyol) give a soft, elastic polymer
Even though most people don’t think about how everything involves chemistry, it does. For instance in a softball kapok or polyurethane has to be melted down together and formed into the shape of the ball where then, a piece of leather that has been dyed yellow, is secured to the ball with red string. And in this process, the ball has to turn out at precisely 12 inches in diameter in order to be used.
Softball was first invented in 1887, by George Hancock, who initially tied up a boxing glove to resemble a ball. The initial softball size was 16 inches in circumference and was then changed to 12 inches. It then officially became a sport in 1991.
It described the materials of the core and the color
Went in depth about the exact materials used to make the softball and why those materials were used
Explained the origination of softball and how it evolved over time
What polyurethane is and how it is made
About the Author
Brittin is a junior who attends Senior High. She has been playing sports including volleyball and softball all her life. But she especially loves softball. In the future she plans to go to college out of Montana to become a physical therapist. And even though she may seem mean she’s nice at heart.