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designer: Lowell Robinson
written by Pearl Tesler, Paul Doherty, and Noel Wanner
This entertaining mini-lesson engages the learner in physical activity to explore the effects of a twisting force (torque) on rotational motion.  By mimicking the motion of a skateboarder, learners gain an intuitive understanding of the law of conservation of angular momentum.  This activity is part of a larger set of materials on the science of skateboarding developed by The Exploratorium museum.
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Classical Mechanics
- Applications of Newton's Laws
- Linear Momentum
- Motion in Two Dimensions
- Newton's Second Law
- Rotational Dynamics
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Keywords:
angular momentum, rotational dynamics, rotational inertia, rotational motion, skateboard, torque
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Metadata instance created December 18, 2006 by Caroline Hall
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December 19, 2006 by Caroline Hall
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June 12, 1999

This resource is part of a Physics Front Topical Unit.


Topic: Impulse and Momentum
Unit Title: Practical Examples for Impulse and Momentum

This entertaining mini-lesson developed by Exploratorium engages the learner in physical activity to explore the effects of a twisting force (torque) on rotational motion.  By mimicking the motion of a skateboarder, students gain intuitive understanding of the law of conservation of angular momentum.

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AIP Format
P. Tesler, P. Doherty, and N. Wanner, (1999), WWW Document, (http://www.exploratorium.edu/skateboarding/trick03.html).
AJP/PRST-PER
P. Tesler, P. Doherty, and N. Wanner, Skateboard Science: Mid-Air Maneuvers, (1999), <http://www.exploratorium.edu/skateboarding/trick03.html>.
APA Format
Tesler, P., Doherty, P., & Wanner, N. (1999, June 12). Skateboard Science: Mid-Air Maneuvers. Retrieved December 19, 2014, from http://www.exploratorium.edu/skateboarding/trick03.html
Chicago Format
Tesler, P, P. Doherty, and N. Wanner. Skateboard Science: Mid-Air Maneuvers. June 12, 1999. http://www.exploratorium.edu/skateboarding/trick03.html (accessed 19 December 2014).
MLA Format
Tesler, Pearl, Paul Doherty, and Noel Wanner. Skateboard Science: Mid-Air Maneuvers. 1999. 12 June 1999. 19 Dec. 2014 <http://www.exploratorium.edu/skateboarding/trick03.html>.
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@misc{ Author = "Pearl Tesler and Paul Doherty and Noel Wanner", Title = {Skateboard Science: Mid-Air Maneuvers}, Volume = {2014}, Number = {19 December 2014}, Month = {June 12, 1999}, Year = {1999} }
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