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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.
See Related Materials for an editor-recommended interactive simulation that would serve to supplement this text-based resource.
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.Link to Unit:
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.Link to Unit:
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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.relation by Caroline Hall
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