The Physics of Sports Project

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The Physics of Sports Project Information Sheet Project: 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 experimental method. 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, etc. 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, etc. 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 , books , videos, laser discs, etc.). 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.
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equipment (Macintosh, "Physics of Sports" laser disc, Microsoft Excel spreadsheets, VideoGraph software, Interactive Physics software), space to work on the project, and storage for your items. directions and manuals for the VCR, laser disc, Microsoft Excel, VideoGraph and Interactive Physics software. instructions for capturing a useful video segment and assistance in getting started on the video analysis of a video or laser disc. a set of scoring rubrics to guide your performance and to access your completed project. The student is responsible for: developing a plan which involves dividing up each phase of the project into a variety of tasks and designating certain tasks as the responsibility of certain individuals.
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  • Spring '11
  • JamesInstor
  • Physics, Basic Research Questions, Physics of Sports

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