Academic journal article Science Scope

The Book of Wildly Spectacular Sports Science

Academic journal article Science Scope

The Book of Wildly Spectacular Sports Science

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The Book of Wildly Spectacular Sports Science

By Sean

Connolly.

$14.95. 256 pp.

Workman Publishing. New York.

2016. ISBN: 9780761189282.

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Most students are interested in sports of some type. Some are active participants, perhaps in several sports or maybe in one favorite activity. Some are spectators, enjoying their favorite athletes competing in gymnasiums, on fields, on tracks, in the water, or maybe on television. What most students don't realize, though, is that the key to understanding how most sports work is science.

This book provides teachers with an array of information and ideas that can help them engage students in science by using sports as the hook. Seven chapters address ball, field, indoor, winter, outdoor, racket, and water sports. Each chapter contains a selection of activities demonstrating how various sports phenomena are guided by scientific and engineering principles. Among concepts introduced are Boyle's Law, Newton's Laws, Bernoulli's Principle, torque, friction, angular momentum, center of mass, surface tension, centripetal force, fluid dynamics, and energy transfer. Perhaps understanding the science behind sports actions will help a student be a more skilled athlete or help a spectator better understand what is going on in the game.

Each of the 54 activities begins by identifying the featured sport and stating how long the activity should take (ranging from five to 90 minutes). …

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