Gold Medal Physics: The Science of Sports

Gold Medal Physics: The Science of Sports

by John Eric Goff

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Overview

Nothing is quite as thrilling as watching superior athletes do the seemingly impossible. From Doug Flutie's "Hail Mary" pass to Lance Armstrong's record-breaking climb of Alp d'Huez to David Beckham's astounding ability to bend a soccer kick, we marvel and wonder, "How did they do that?" Well, physics professor John Eric Goff has the answers.

This tour of the wide world of sports uses some of the most exhilarating feats in recent athletic history to make basic physics concepts accessible and fun. Goff discusses the science behind American football, soccer, cycling, skating, diving, long jumping, and a host of other competitive sports. Using elite athletes such as Greg Louganis and Bob Beamon as starting points, he explains in clear, lively language the basic physical properties involved in amazing and everyday athletic endeavors. Accompanied by illustrations and mathematical equations, each chapter builds on knowledge imparted in earlier portions of the book to provide a firm understanding of the concepts involved.

Fun, witty, and imbued throughout with admiration for the simple beauty of physics, Gold Medal Physics is sure to inspire readers to think differently about the next sporting event they watch.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780801893216
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 12/03/2009
Pages: 232
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

John Eric Goff is an associate professor of physics and chair of the physics department at Lynchburg College.

Table of Contents

Preface
1. The Pre-Game Show
2. It's Not Over Until the Trombone Player Goes Down: Vectors and How to Think Like a Physicist
3. All Hail Flutie: Gravity and Projectiles
4. Vive le Lance: Simplifying the Complicated
5. A Leap into the Unknown: More Projectiles and Angular Momentum
6. Amazing Spins in and around All Kinds of Water: Rotations in Water Sports
7. Soccer Kicks Gone Bananas: Off-Center Kicking and the Magnus Force
8. Four Olympics and Four Straight Gold Medals: Centripetal Motion and Lift
9. It Takes More Than a Big Gut: Caloric Consumption and Linear Momentum
10. The Post-Game Show
Further Reading
Index

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