When we participate in sport we are constantly subconsciously judging the physics required to help us to win. How fast do I need to go to catch my opponent? What angle should I push the shot put to get the longest distance and why does turning on the spot help? Which gear ratio and rpm will get my bike to the top of the climb fastest?
Athletes at the highest level benefit from physicists suggesting the marginal advantages they need to win.
Introduce students to the principles of Newtonian mechanics in sport by investigating how forces, motion and energy combine to give a gold medal winning performance.
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