NotesFAQContact Us
Search Tips
Peer reviewed Peer reviewed
Direct linkDirect link
ERIC Number: EJ938138
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Mar
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0746-8342
Taking a Whipper--The Fall-Factor Concept in Rock Climbing
Curtis, Dan
College Mathematics Journal, v36 n2 p135-140 Mar 2005
Most serious rock climbers are familiar with a counter-intuitive fact about their sport: The force experienced by a falling climber due to the rope as it arrests his fall does not depend simply on the length of the fall, but rather on a ratio called the fall-factor. This article explains, using elementary physics and simple differential equations, why this is so. Implications for techniques for climbing and for the design and testing of climbing gear are discussed.
Mathematical Association of America. 1529 Eighteenth Street NW, Washington, DC 20036. Tel: 800-741-9415; Tel: 202-387-5200; Fax: 202-387-1208; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A