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ERIC Number: EJ859356
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0031-921X
The Physics of a Gymnastics Flight Element
Contakos, Jonas; Carlton, Les G.; Thompson, Bruce; Suddaby, Rick
Physics Teacher, v47 n6 p355-361 Sep 2009
From its inception, performance in the sport of gymnastics has relied on the laws of physics to create movement patterns and static postures that appear almost impossible. In general, gymnastics is physics in motion and can provide an ideal framework for studying basic human modeling techniques and physical principles. Using low-end technology and basic principles of physics, we analyzed a high-end gymnastics skill competed in by both men and women. The comprehensive goal of the examination is to scientifically understand how a skill of this magnitude is actually physically possible and what must a gymnast do to successfully complete the skill. The examination is divided into three sections, each of which is comprehensive enough to be a separate assignment or small group project.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A