Did you know that the elite athletes in the world rely on science and engineering to win an Olympic gold medal? Check out these videos to learn more.
*Shaun White & Engineering the Half Pipe
*Shani Davis & Speedskating suits
*Physics of Figure Skating
*Physics of Slopestyle Skiing
*Engineering design and bobsleds
*Complete list of videos
Have you traveled in an airplane? You can thank Luis Walter Alvarez. He helped design a ground-controlled radar system for aircraft landings. This was useful during World War II. The system helped pilots blinded by fog and bad weather to land safely. He also invented the VIXEN radar system which helped U.S. and allied aircraft to see and track enemy submarines under water. In 1968, he earned a Nobel Prize for Physics.
Do you love roller coasters? Have you ever wondered how engineers can make these exciting rides while keeping them safe?
Converting potential energy into kinetic energy keeps your wild ride going after the first hill. You aren't riding in a machine with an engine. So physics is an important element of the attraction.
For more information about physics in rollercoasters, please go to: http://www.learner.org/interactives/parkphysics/coaster.html
Do you think you can make a great roller coaster while passing the safety tests? If so, design your own roller coaster at: http://www.learner.org/interactives/parkphysics/coaster/
Did you know that physics in involved with skateboarding? Skaters go over, onto, and skide over obstacles while performing flips and turns at high speeds. They may not know it but they are using physics to their advantage.
You can see videos that explain physics within skateboarding for:
The Ollie: http://www.exploratorium.edu/skateboarding/trick02.html
Mid-Air Maneuvers: http://www.exploratorium.edu/skateboarding/trick03.html
Pumping for Speed: http://www.exploratorium.edu/skateboarding/trick04.html
Check out the snowboarders during the 2014 Olympics in February. See how they use physics to win an Olympic medal.
Did you know that there is science in baseball? Physics is the science of studying energy and objects in motion. With plenty of pitching and hitting, baseball is a constant display of physics in action.
Scientists can compare pitchers with the speed, spin, and path of their delivery. They can look at a player's hit to see why the ball flew higher or further out of the ballpark.
Even Newton's First Law comes into play. What affects a baseball during a pitch or hit? Does gravity, drag, or friction slow the baseball's speed or path?
Did you also know that math is an important element in baseball's history? The statistics of the game are treasured. Is a player's batting average, on base percentage, or slugging percentage good enough to earn him a spot in the Baseball Hall of Fame?
Science and math goes beyond the classroom. Next time you watch a baseball game, think about how science plays a role in the game.
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