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ERIC Number: EJ868561
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Nov
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 3
ISSN: ISSN-0031-9120
Climbing, Slipping and Newton's Second Law
O'Shea, Michael J.
Physics Education, v44 n6 p644-651 Nov 2009
A point mass model of a climber ascending a rock slope is developed. Stability of the climber is defined via the maximum possible friction force exerted by the feet of the climber on rock and the maximum possible force that the hands of the climber can support in a handhold. This model is then generalized to a somewhat more realistic extended mass model. A climber on a vertical rock wall or under a rock roof is examined within this extended mass model and positions of climber stability are found. (Contains 6 footnotes, 1 table, and 9 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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