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designer: Lowell Robinson
written by Pearl Tesler, Paul Doherty, and Noel Wanner
This website, developed by the Exploratorium Museum, analyzes the physics of skateboarding in great detail. It goes into many different 'tricks' and the effect of materials and design on the behavior of the skateboard. Learners will explore how the sport of skateboarding is governed by the principles of momentum, gravity, friction, and rotational dynamics. It is appropriate for high school, but could easily be adapted for 8th grade physical science.

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Subjects Levels Resource Types
Classical Mechanics
- Applications of Newton's Laws
- Linear Momentum
- Motion in Two Dimensions
- Newton's Second Law
- Rotational Dynamics
- High School
- Informal Education
- Lower Undergraduate
- Reference Material
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- Conceptual Physics
- Algebra-based Physics
- AP Physics
- Lesson Plan
- Activity
- Laboratory
- New teachers
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© 1999 Exploratorium
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Keywords:
angular momentum, rotational dynamics, rotational motion, skateboard
Record Creator:
Metadata instance created August 18, 2004 by Melanie Carter
Record Updated:
January 9, 2012 by Caroline Hall
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June 12, 1999
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This resource is part of 2 Physics Front Topical Units.


Topic: Kinematics: The Physics of Motion
Unit Title: Circular Motion

This set of activities developed by the Exploratorium offers students an entertaining way to see real-world applications of rotational dynamics and principles of circular motion.  They will explore forces at work in "The Ollie" and torque forces required for mid-air maneuvers.

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Topic: Dynamics: Forces and Motion
Unit Title: Applications of Newton's Laws

This set of activities developed by the Exploratorium offers students an engaging way to see real-world applications of rotational dynamics and principles of circular motion.  They will explore forces at work in "The Ollie" and torque forces required for mid-air maneuvers.

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P. Tesler, P. Doherty, and N. Wanner, (1999), WWW Document, (http://www.exploratorium.edu/skateboarding/).
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P. Tesler, P. Doherty, and N. Wanner, Skateboard Science, (1999), <http://www.exploratorium.edu/skateboarding/>.
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Tesler, P., Doherty, P., & Wanner, N. (1999, June 12). Skateboard Science. Retrieved October 24, 2014, from http://www.exploratorium.edu/skateboarding/
Chicago Format
Tesler, P, P. Doherty, and N. Wanner. Skateboard Science. June 12, 1999. http://www.exploratorium.edu/skateboarding/ (accessed 24 October 2014).
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Tesler, Pearl, Paul Doherty, and Noel Wanner. Skateboard Science. 1999. 12 June 1999. 24 Oct. 2014 <http://www.exploratorium.edu/skateboarding/>.
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Skateboard Science:

Is a Student Extra Of Physics Classroom: Types of Forces
Is Simulated By PhET Simulation: Energy Skate Park

This simulation allows students to interactively explore the same concepts discussed in the Exploratorium's text-based Skateboard Science.

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