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Topic in Depth - The Physics of Sports (6)

This topic in depth provides information about the relationship between physics and sports. From baseball to scuba diving, find out how concepts such as velocity, Newton's Laws, and mass factor into the science of sports. Think about this next time you see a home run or a touchdown pass!


 
Sport Science
 
This Exploratorium website provides creative educational materials for introductory physics students and teachers. Users can learn about the science behind a home run, find out how the physics of balance helps enthusiasts surf the waves, and discover the physics behind many other popular sports. The site is equipped...

 
The Physics of Skiing
 
David Eyre at the University of Utah summarizes answers here to some of the common questions he receives about the physics of skiing. With the assistance of figures and mathematical equations, visitors can learn about the side cut and turning radius of a ski as well as the relationship between weight and speed: "Do...

 
Physics and Acoustics of Baseball and Softball Bats
 
This website, created by Dr. Russell at Kettering University addresses the general physics concepts concerning baseball and softball bats and bat vibrations. Students and educators can learn a lot about ball-bat collisions with the many images, figures, and animations. Topics include the differences between wood and...

 
Physics in Sports
 
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign investigates the notion that people use physics every time they participate in a sport. With the use of QuickTime videos, the website discusses Newton's first three laws and the concept of universal gravitation. Each section is concluded with a question about the video...

 
Football Physics
 
Dr. Tim Gay at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln discusses the physical concepts related to football such as vectors, impulse, and atoms. The website provides seven current as well as archived QuickTime videos of entertaining lectures to help students understand physical concepts. The lessons covered are: Inertia...

 
The Physics of SCUBA Diving
 
Akiyo Kikuchi and Wally Drumhiller explore the physical aspects of scuba diving that people experience in the high pressure environment. Visitors can find out about pressure, buoyancy, sound, light, and thermal insulation. Visitors will also find a nice list of print and online resources for further information about...


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