# physics

posted by xue

Why can a Frisbee (or an aerobie) be thrown so much further than a ball?

Comment on the applicability of above for throwing a Frisbee or an aerobie on the Moon

1. Elena

There are really two key reasons Aerobie rings fly so far. First is their thin profile. Aerobie rings are only about 1/8 of an inch (3mm) thick so when thrown, they really slice through the air creating very little drag. A typical Frisbee is over an inch thick.
The second reason is the patented spoiler rim design keeps the center of aerodynamic lift at the center of an Aerobie ring throughout the different speeds of a typical throw.

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