Phys Ed

PHYS ED: Teaching Biomechanics – Sporting Examples

Biomechanics can be a difficult topic to teach. I’ve found it useful to give multiple sporting examples whenever possible. Hence have spent hours searching for useful websites, diagrams and videos. Heres a few of the gems I’ve stumbled upon:

Volleyball: “Forces, acceleration, gravity, projectile motion, and many other such things make volleyball the game that it is.  Volleyball is a sport that includes many aspects of Physics some of these are very basic concepts while others are more advanced.  Better understanding of these concepts could improve a player’s game.  Physics explains and elucidates the basic fundamentals of volleyball and why one should perform them in such a way.” Read Katie Baysinger’s entire report paper on the physics of volleyball here.

Golf: “A proper golf swing obviously has an enormous impact on your game of golf. The golf swing has physics written all over it and is a great example of angular motion. The twisting swing produces torque on the club. This torque force changes the angular velocity of the club, causing rotation. Most club heads weigh about the same, so the key to being able to hit the long ball lies in the club head velocity. The faster your club head is going at the bottom of your swing, the greater the amount of kinetic energy that will be transferred from club head to the ball because the kinetic energy is proportional to the mass of the club head and the square of its velocity.” Read more about the physics of Golf from Josh Fritts here

Theres also some great golfing information at http://physicsofgolfswing.com  and  www.getfittogolf.com/biomechanics/analysis.cfm

Variety of Sports“This website contains a variety of physics problems, complete with solutions, taken from real world applications. The intent is to stimulate awareness and understanding of the physical world for people who are interested in physics.” Read more by Franco Normani here

Theres also great information at http://physics-of-sport.net/


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