How are Newton’s three laws connected to football, and various forms of energy to cycling? What is the relationship between figure skating pirouettes and rotational motion? Do basic aerodynamics concepts influence performance in ski jumping, and hydrodynamics mechanisms, the world records in swimming?
The aim of the author, who is a university lecturer in flight physics, is to present the physical laws that affect various sports. With the help of simple simulations it is easily appreciated that science defines the performance of athletes, whereas at the same time the reader is introduced to basic physics concepts in a novel and pleasant way.
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Table of contents
Chapter 1: Incredible speed races
Chapter 2: Newton on the ball
Chapter 3: Rotational motion and impressive pirouettes
Chapter 4: High energy sports
Chapter 5: Various sport projectiles
Chapter 6: Aerodynamics in sport
Chapter 7: Are all records the same?