The Physics of Sports
Project Information Sheet
Your project involves the analysis and comparison of the physics of a few selected human
movements. Technical information on the sports will be collected by means of background readings
and actual measurements will be made using video analysis or some comparably useful
By the end of this project, you should be able to:
discuss with both words and diagrams the physics which underlies a few selected sports or a
few selected human movements using concepts such as velocity, force, acceleration,
impulse, momentum, energy, circular motion, coefficients of restitution, torque, rotation,
discuss the methods used by biomechanists and kinesiologists to gather data in order to
analyze human movements is sports.
compare and contrast selected
movements which are common to all sports (collisions,
accelerations, projectiles, rotation and spin, etc.) and explain the differences of these
movements among sports in terms of the equipment, the goals of the sports, etc.
utilize a video camera and videotape or a laser disc and the principles of video analysis in
order to experimentally analyze selected movements in sports including collisions
(people/people; bat/ball; racket/ball; people/ground; ball/ground; etc.), accelerations
(shooting; jumping; throwing; hitting; starting from rest; etc.), projectiles or nearly-
projectiles (balls; gymnasts; ski jumpers; high divers; cliff divers; etc.), rotation and spin,
Your teacher will provide:
timely guidance and advice to get (and keep) your project moving.
suggestions for ways to find information (e.g., topics, keywords
, videos, laser discs,
a World Wide Web (WWW) page
full of links to useful sites pertaining to your topic.
a listing of basic research questions
about your topic in order to provide initial guidance on
your literature search.
a school e-mail account and suggestions for collaboration
with other students at GBS (and
beyond) and with scientists who conduct research in your field.
class time to work on the project.